GOP senator urges party to cancel House healthcare vote

GOP senator urges party to cancel House healthcare vote

Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenators are politicians, not jurors — they should act like it Sens. Kaine, Lee: 'We should not be at war with Iran unless Congress authorizes it' Overnight Defense: War powers fight runs into impeachment | Kaine has 51 votes for Iran resolution | Trump plans to divert .2B from Pentagon to border wall MORE (R-Utah) is urging House Republicans to cancel the vote slated for Thursday to pass their healthcare plan, saying the proposal won't pass in its current form.

“I am strongly, strongly persuaded that it is not going to pass. I think they should cancel the vote because they don't have the votes,” Lee said during an interview with Fox News host Martha MacCallum.

“The fact remains, they don't have the votes to pass this. They need to bring people who have concerns, bring in conservatives, let them express what their concerns are. We can still fix this,” Lee added.

Lee said other Republicans “absolutely” do not need to support the GOP healthcare proposal because it does not fulfill the Republican promise to fully repeal and replace ObamaCare.

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“What we have been promising for seven years is if Republicans were given the chance to govern, we would repeal ObamaCare, root and branch,” Lee continued. “That is not what this bill does. That is what we need to do, and that is why I am holding out for a vote that fulfills that promise.”

Lee said that “President Trump’s message has been hijacked” by people with different goals than the president.

“His agenda of repealing ObamaCare has been hijacked by people who don't share his values, by people who don't share his desire to repeal ObamaCare. We do need to repeal it and this bill, unfortunately, doesn't repeal as much of ObamaCare as we need,” Lee added.

Lee, when pressed to clarify who "hijacked" Trump’s message, ducked at the suggestion that it was Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWarren now also knocking Biden on Social Security Biden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record MORE (R-Wis.).

“I’m not accusing any one person of hijacking it. But I am saying this bill does do that. This bill contains a false promise of providing Americans with meaningful healthcare cost relief. The bill does not provide that. And it doesn't repeal all of ObamaCare,” Lee said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' Romney pledges 'open mind' ahead of impeachment trial McConnell proposes compressed schedule for impeachment trial MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that Senate GOP leaders want to pass the ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation next week despite divisions over the House bill.

Lee tweeted earlier Tuesday declaring he will vote against the healthcare plan:

Lee is among six Republican senators who have said they will not vote for the healthcare plan, according to The Hill’s Whip List. Republicans can afford two defections in the Senate.

The House is slated to vote on the bill Thursday. Republicans cannot afford more than 21 defections in the House, and at least 22 Republicans have come out against it, according to The Hill's tally.