Angus King: No one knows what healthcare plan Senate will consider

Sen. Angus KingAngus KingBiden's bipartisan push hits wall on COVID-19 relief bill Moderates vow to 'be a force' under Biden Biden officials hold call with bipartisan group of senators on coronavirus relief plan MORE (I-Maine) said early Tuesday that no one knows what healthcare plan the Senate will vote on later in the day.

"Let me give you a quick synopsis of what I know about the bill that we're going to be voting on this afternoon," King said during an interview on CNN's "New Day," before staring blankly ahead.

"I'm actually serious. There is no one who knows."

King said he asked two senior Republicans last Thursday what the Senate would be voting on on Tuesday.


"They said, 'We have no idea.' I think it's going to be the House bill, but then there may be a substitute amendment," he said. "I've never seen a process like this. No hearings, no discussion."

King called it a "complicated" issue.

"And to be talking about one-sixth of the U.S. economy and tens of millions of people, without any understanding of what the implications are, I really don't understand it."

"And I think one of the dilemmas the Republicans are going to have today is they're going to say, 'OK, well, let's give them the vote to start the debate,' " King said.

But he said GOP lawmakers will then "have to maybe vote against" the bill.

"And then they're caught in the, 'Well, I voted for it and then I voted against it,' " he said.

"That's a bad place to be, it seems to me, as this thing unfolds."

President Trump on Tuesday urged Republicans to fulfill their promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

He said ObamaCare is "torturing the American people" and said he is ready with a "pen in hand" to sign new healthcare legislation.