Manchin: Senate can do 'an awful lot' to improve healthcare bill

Manchin: Senate can do 'an awful lot' to improve healthcare bill

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Poll from liberal group shows more voters in key states back .5T bill Why Democrats opposing Biden's tax plan have it wrong MORE (D-W.Va.) on Sunday said there is room for improvement in the plan unveiled by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“There’s an awful lot that can be done to improve it,” Manchin told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” 

Manchin said that if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWe don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble House passes standalone bill to provide B for Israel's Iron Dome MORE (R-Ky.) does not have the votes to pass the legislation, then he should scrap the bill and allow bipartisan working groups to develop a new plan.

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Manchin, who is up for reelection in 2018 in a state President Trump won by a large margin, characterized the GOP bill in the upper chamber as “even worse” than the legislation passed last month by the House.

Since the bill’s unveiling last week, five Senate Republicans have said they will vote “no” on the legislation.