McConnell: ObamaCare replacement bill 'will not be quick'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham: I hope Dems 'get their ass kicked' for conduct around Kavanaugh Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Overnight Defense: Trump worries Saudi Arabia treated as 'guilty until proven innocent' | McConnell opens door to sanctions | Joint Chiefs chair to meet Saudi counterpart | Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' MORE (R-Ky.) is signaling that the Senate will not quickly pass legislation to reform the nation's healthcare system after a bill cleared the House last week.  

"This process will not be quick or simple or easy, but it must be done," McConnell said on Monday. 
 
He added that "to those who have suffered enough already my message is this: We hear you, and Congress is acting."
 
The House approved the American Health Care Act (AHCA) late last week, but the Senate is expected to overhaul the bill as they try come up with a plan that can get enough support to pass the upper chamber. 
 
McConnell didn't get into the details of the House bill but argued senators faced a choice between passing a new bill or the "indefensible ObamaCare status quo." 
 
"It's the least members in both parties owe to the countless Americans who continue to suffer under ObamaCare and the countless more who will be hurt if we don't act," he said. 
 
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McConnell will face a narrow path for clearing a healthcare reform bill through the Senate. Republicans have a 52-seat majority, meaning he could lose up to two senators and still let Vice President Pence break a tie. 
 
No Democrats are expected to support a bill that would repeal significant portions of ObamaCare.
 
GOP senators signaled last last week that they would not rush to vote on a healthcare bill, with Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyDems angered by GOP plan to hold judicial hearings in October American Bar Association dropping Kavanaugh review Clinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request MORE (R-Iowa) telling reporters that he couldn't commit to having a proposal ready by mid-June. 
 
McConnell has convened a group of roughly a dozen senators as they try to hash out a deal that could get enough support. 
 
 
A handful of senators, including Grassley and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), noted they expect the Senate to write its own bill.