Senate GOP leader: Health vote expected next week

Senate GOP leader: Health vote expected next week

Senate Republicans are planning to vote next week on their bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, according to Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoTrump boxed in on trade Export-Import Bank back to full strength after Senate confirmations Mike Enzi announces he'll retire from Senate after 2020 MORE (R-Wyo.).

"I believe we’re going to vote before the Fourth of July recess on a healthcare plan, a repeal and replacement of ObamaCare," Barrasso, a member of GOP leadership, said on Fox News.

"Every Republican is trying to get to yes," Barrasso said while noting, "There are some differences of opinion on specific details of this."

The vote by the end of the month was expected, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — McConnell, Kaine offer bill to raise tobacco buying age to 21 | Measles outbreak spreads to 24 states | Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad blitz to protect Dems MORE (R-Ky.) wants to move quickly on healthcare and get on to other issues.

The timeline is fast, though, given that lawmakers and the public have not yet seen the text of a bill. That could come later this week.

Republicans have already sent pieces of a bill to the Congressional Budget Office, but the CBO will have to issue an analysis, known as a score, once the bill comes together.

It remains unclear if Republicans have the votes to pass the bill. There is no deal yet on a range of contentious issues, ranging from phasing out ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion to repealing pre-existing condition rules.

Senate Republicans are considering even deeper cuts to Medicaid than the House bill, which could repel some moderates.