Portman: ObamaCare repeal-only bill would 'add to more uncertainty'

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanLawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine Biden huddles with group of senators on Ukraine-Russia tensions Overnight Defense & National Security — Texas hostage situation rattles nation MORE (R-Ohio) on Tuesday expressed concern over the idea of a repeal-only healthcare bill.

"I have to look and see what the so-called repeal bill entails, but if it is a bill that simply repeals, I believe that will add to more uncertainty," Portman told reporters. "And the potential for Ohioans to pay even higher premiums, higher deductibles."

Portman said he would look for an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office on a bill repealing ObamaCare.


"To see what it involves in terms of not just premiums and deductibles, but coverage," he said.

"So, I'll take a look at it, but I'm concerned about something that would simply repeal and its impact on costs and choices and healthcare."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service Biden clarifies any Russian movement into Ukraine 'is an invasion' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks MORE (R-Ky.) late Monday said the Senate would try to separate ObamaCare repeal and replacement after the Senate's current healthcare bill collapsed.

"In the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period," McConnell said in a statement. 

President Trump on Monday called for Republicans to repeal ObamaCare now and then work on a replacement plan, adding Democrats would "join in."