Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell on Wednesday called for a quick passage of the repeal-and-replace bill to move ahead with a Senate vote on the legislation.
In a statement, McConnell said Republicans have a “clear path” to repeal the law.
He said Republicans can repeal the tax and spending cuts and repeal the Medicaid expansion and other provisions that have been in the legislation for months.
“We need a simple yes vote in the Senate, and then we can move forward on repealing and replacing Obamacare,” McConnell said.
“The American people want this done, and now is the time to move swiftly and safely.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the vote would likely happen next week, but the timing has yet to be set.
“I think it will be in early October,” Graham said.
But Graham said if the vote does not happen by then, it would likely be a “done deal” with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state, who has been pushing for a vote to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Graham and other senators have been pushing Murray to come out with a plan for repealing the health law as soon as possible.
Murray has been lobbying for a week to get the Senate to vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, saying the Senate should have a vote on repeal by the end of September.
Murray and McConnell met in the Oval Office on Wednesday to discuss the legislation, according to The Hill.
McConnell, the Senate’s only Republican, said he and Murray agreed that the Senate would need to vote by September for a final vote on a repeal-or-replace measure.
But the two lawmakers also expressed concern that Senate Majority Leaders Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy (R) are too close to the White House.
“The president is going to want to have a full repeal-all plan,” McConnell told reporters.
“So we are in the process of discussing some of the details of that.”
McConnell also said he expects a vote in early September on the Senate version of the bill.
McCarthy and McConnell did not directly address what would happen to the Affordable Medicare program, but did say that “the House has put forth a bill that is very, very bad for seniors and for the American people.”
“We’re going to have to move to a more robust Medicare program and a better Medicare program,” McCarthy said.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday said the Senate will take up the repeal and replacement bill next week.
Schumer said McConnell has said the bill will get the necessary votes to pass, and that he expects the House to move it on to the Senate floor by the weekend.
McKesson, a former Trump campaign surrogate, said Democrats have been lobbying the White Nationalist Party to support the bill, but they have been unable to convince the party.
“Democrats have been fighting this bill for weeks.
And they’ve been unable, for the most part, to persuade them to support it,” he said.
McDonald, who had endorsed the House bill, said the Republican-controlled House has been “unable to get it through the Senate” and that the party should focus on the Democratic-controlled Senate.
“Let’s be clear: The Senate is in a very precarious position.
We’re still in a fight,” he told reporters on the White Senate House grounds.”
A bill that passes the Senate and the House, if passed by both chambers, would be an incredibly consequential moment for our country.
And this is just a preview of how that will play out.”
Senators are working on a measure to keep the Affordable Healthcare Act in place, but a vote is not expected to take place until sometime in the next week or so.
McHanna said on Tuesday that the Republican plan is “very close” to passing the Senate but needs support from Democrats.
McHealthy, a veteran of the House who has served as a ranking member of the Joint Committee on Health, was one of several Senate Democrats who urged the Senate not to pass the legislation with the “lack of bipartisanship” in the House.
McBiden, a 2016 vice presidential candidate who was on the ticket with Trump, also weighed in on the repeal vote.
He said in a statement that it is important to ensure that Americans can access health care “without any undue hardship.”
“President Trump’s healthcare plan is a good first step in the right direction, but we need to continue to work with our Republican colleagues to fix it so that we can create a system that works for everyone,” he added.