Top GOP senator: Senate will take up House ObamaCare repeal bill
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said on Thursday that Senate Republicans will take up a forthcoming House ObamaCare repeal bill rather than formulate an alternative bill.
“We want to see the bill. We have many objections,” Paul said outside of the room where House Republicans could see the plan, after tweeting that he was trying to get a copy for the American people.
Paul as well as GOP Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Mike Lee (Utah) demanded “full repeal” of ObamaCare earlier this week, arguing that the 2015 repeal bill should be the bare minimum for the new effort.
If the three senators vote together, they have the ability to sink any ObamaCare repeal bill that they oppose. The Senate GOP will need 51 votes to clear legislation through the upper chamber by passing it through the filibuster-proof reconciliation process, meaning that they can only afford to lose two Republican senators.
But legislation similar to the 2015 repeal effort could draw backlash from moderate GOP senators, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). Some centrist Republicans are also raising concerns about what happens to ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion in their home states.
Republicans face a tight timeline to coalesce behind one proposal. Cornyn told a handful reporters on Wednesday night that he expects the Senate to vote on ObamaCare repeal by early April.