GOP senator has 'hard time believing' Senate will vote on healthcare by August

GOP senator has 'hard time believing' Senate will vote on healthcare by August
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake urges Republicans to condemn 'vile and offensive' Trump tweets Flake responds to Trump, Jimmy Carter barbs: 'We need to stop trying to disqualify each other' Jeff Flake responds to Trump's 'greener pastures' dig on former GOP lawmakers MORE (R-Ariz.) cast doubt on the GOP's hopes of voting by August on a measure repealing and replacing ObamaCare, warning business leaders in Arizona this week that Republicans might not be successful in their efforts to overhaul healthcare.

“There are some still saying that we’ll vote before the August break," he said at members of the Chamber of Commerce in Glendale, Ariz., according to The Washington Post. "I have a hard time believing that."

While the House passed its version of a healthcare reform bill — the American Health Care Act — last month, Senate Republicans are working on their own healthcare legislation.


GOP congressional leaders have voiced optimism on the timeline for passing the Senate bill, however, setting their sights on a vote by August. Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynGOP wants commitment that Trump will sign budget deal Hillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Senators introduce legislation to boost cyber defense training in high school MORE (R-Texas) was even more optimistic, saying on Wednesday that healthcare will be "done by the end of July at the latest."

"We do need to take care of our business, and I think you mentioned healthcare, and that's certainly front and center in the United States Senate — something we're going to have to get resolved here in the next few weeks," Cornyn told radio host Chad Hasty. "I don't think we have any choice."

Repealing and replacing ObamaCare would fulfill a longtime campaign pledge by Republicans. But the GOP lawmakers have also faced backlash from some constituents in recent months amid concerns that their healthcare reform efforts could result in higher insurance premiums for low-income Americans and an end to the Affordable Care Act's protections for consumers with pre-existing conditions.