Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who has played a central role in negotiating the Senate healthcare reform bill, says a new version of the legislation is expected to be unveiled Monday.
The revised bill gives Senate GOP leaders a second chance to round up 50 votes to repeal and replace major parts of ObamaCare, after their first attempt stalled before the July Fourth recess because of divisions within the Republican conference.
“We’ve got a new version that comes out today. We’ll get new scores from CBO. And there’s a shot of getting to 50 [votes]. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump endorses challenger to Hogan ally in Maryland governor's race Pence to headline New Hampshire event focused on Biden spending plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Arbery case, Biden spending bill each test views of justice MORE breaks the tie,” Toomey, who sits on a special 13-member working group that helped put the legislation together, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” in an interview Monday morning.
A senior GOP aide, however, downplayed Toomey’s statement.
“No expectation of today,” the source said.
If the bill comes out today, a score from the Congressional Budget Office would be expected later this week, setting up a vote on the measure next week.
President Trump urged congressional leaders Monday to cancel the August recess if they don’t pass the healthcare bill by the end of July.
“I cannot imagine that Congress would dare to leave Washington without a beautiful new HealthCare bill fully approved and ready to go!” Trump tweeted.
I cannot imagine that Congress would dare to leave Washington without a beautiful new HealthCare bill fully approved and ready to go!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
Toomey said leaders reworked the bill to appeal to moderates and conservatives who earlier this month blocked the healthcare debate from starting because of disparate concerns over regulatory reforms and Medicaid spending reductions.
Toomey said “there’s an opportunity” to win over “both.”
“We’re going to get the specifics of a $45 billion commitment for opioid funding,” he said of extra funding in the bill that is a high priority of moderates such as Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanBipartisan success in the Senate signals room for more compromise Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — US mulls Afghan evacuees' future Hillicon Valley — Presented by Ericsson — DOJ unveils new election hacking charges MORE (R-Ohio) and Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoRepublicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall White House looks to rein in gas prices ahead of busy travel season Bipartisan success in the Senate signals room for more compromise MORE (R-W.Va.).
“There’s also a big push to have a change in the regulatory mandates, so that we can have the lower premiums that we’re looking for,” he added. “People can have more control and more choices that will appeal to the conservatives.”
Conservative Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress Republicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall GOP holds on Biden nominees set back gains for women in top positions MORE (R-Texas) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeRepublicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall The congressional debate over antitrust: It's about time McConnell looks for way out of debt ceiling box MORE (R-Utah) have threatened to vote against the bill unless it allows insurance companies to sell health plans that do not comply with ObamaCare’s regulatory requirements as long as they offer at least one plan that does.
Critics say the Cruz-Lee Consumer Freedom amendment would segment the market, leading to healthier people flocking to cheap unregulated plans and sending the costs of plans that meet federal requirements soaring.
Cruz and Lee, however, say there is enough money in the legislation to stabilize costs for older and sicker people.
"There's also a big push to have a change in the regulatory mandates, so that we can have the lower premiums that we're looking for. People can have more control and more choices that will appeal to the conservatives," he said.