Two Republican senators have already said they would vote against a procedural motion to begin debating the GOP’s new healthcare bill, which means any more Republican deferrals would spell almost-certain death for the proposed bill, according to CBS News.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, have each said they would vote against debating the bill, though their reasoning is rooted in opposite ends of the political spectrum. Sen. Collins believes the new version of the bill still cuts too deeply into Medicaid funding, while Sen. Paul contends the bill does not do enough to repeal ACA regulations.
“I think the longer the bill’s out there, the more conservative Republicans are going to discover that it’s not repeal. And the more that everybody’s going to discover that it keeps the fundamental flaw of Obamacare,” said Paul.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., originally planned to vote on the motion this week, but has delayed the vote indefinitely until Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., returns from surgery.
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