Earlier today, House Republicans passed the latest version of the American Health Care Act. Trump, understandably, took this opportunity to celebrate the advancement of one of his most important policy initiatives, the repeal of Obamacare.
Trump was so happy about the bill’s passage that he held a celebratory press conference in the White House Rose Garden.
If victorious, Republicans will be having a big press conference at the beautiful Rose Garden of the White House immediately after vote!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2017
Unfortunately for Trump, the likelihood of the bill passing the Senate is suspect. In fact, Sen. Roy Blunt(R-M.o.) has stated that the House version of the bill will not pass the Senate in its current form. The Senate will be crafting its own bill that does not use the House’s as a starting point.
‘The safest thing to say is there will be a Senate bill, but it will look at what the House has done and see how much of that we can incorporate in a product that works for us in reconciliation.’
These statements were backed up by Sen. Chuck Grassley(R-Iowa) who said that the Senate would be drafting its own version of an Obamacare repeal.
The Senate version of the bill is currently being worked on by a 12-member panel. The said that they would be looking at the House bill, but would create their own bill based on what their membership felt was best.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said that the panel has been meeting for several weeks and are currently working to craft a bill that they can then present to the chamber at large.
‘What we have to do is build a consensus among our conference and that is what the working group is designed to do. To get to a compromise we can agree to and then present it to the larger conference.’
The efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare have been a driving force within GOP politics for several years, but, since Trump’s election, many within the Senate have become wary of repealing such a popular measure. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel(R-Ky.) gave no clear indication as to how the Senate would vote on the bill.
‘As Congress considers this legislation, the administration will continue working to deliver relief and stabilize health markets, and Congress will continue to act on legislation to provide more choices and freedom in healthcare decisions.’
Ultimately, the fate of Obamacare now rests with the Senate. However, even if they do craft a bill they’ll have to ensure that is one that can be passed with a simple majority otherwise Democrats are bound to filibuster it.
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