Wednesday, March 22, 2017
House Obamacare repeal DOA in the Senate
Politico by Burgess Everett and J Haberkorn
Forget the House GOP's troubles passing a health care bill. The party's bigger problem looms in the Senate.
Mitch McConnell is being tasked with fixing what GOP senators and House members say is a flawed Obamacare repeal proposal — one with little to no chance of passing in that chamber in its current form — in a week’s time.
The Senate leader and his deputies are nevertheless barreling ahead — assuming a health care bill clears the House Thursday in what’s expected to be a razor-thin vote. Senate leaders say they have a plan to jam through legislation on a party-line vote next week before opposition has time to bubble up.
And they're sticking to it, regardless of the scant level of support right now for the proposal among Senate Republicans.