McConnell: Senate health bill ‘will be a simple majority-vote situation’

McConnell: Senate health bill ‘will be a simple majority-vote situation’
© Greg Nash

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Chances for disaster aid deal slip amid immigration fight MORE (R-Ky.) said Saturday that the Senate does not expect any help from Democrats as it tries to pass legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“We don’t anticipate any Democratic help at all, so it will be a simple majority vote situation,” McConnell told The Associated Press.

McConnell’s comments come after the House on Thursday narrowly voted to pass the American Health Care Act, which repeals elements of ObamaCare. Not a single Democrat supported the House measure. 

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The legislation will now move to the Senate, which is conducting a working review of the House plan. The GOP healthcare plan eliminates ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion and the individual mandate that requires individuals to purchase coverage or pay a penalty to the government.

Several senators have expressed concern over the House decision to vote on the bill before an updated Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score.

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntHillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group Top Republican says Senate unlikely to vote on any election security bills San Francisco becomes first city to ban facial recognition technology MORE (R-Mo.), part of the GOP leadership, said Sunday that the Senate will wait for a new CBO score before proceeding with a vote.