Following the release of the GOP health care bill, Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee and Rand Paul have released a statement saying they are against the current bill but open to changes.
The statement read:
Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor. There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current healthcare system but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their healthcare costs.
Paul said on MSNBC today that “it looks like we’re keeping Obamacare and not repealing it” in regards to their problems with the bill. He said they are definitely saying no to the bill in its current state, but are hoping their opposition will start a conversation about changing the bill.
Because the bill was not released until this morning, many senators have not made statements yet, but the four senators’ opposition alone is enough to shut down the bill as they needed at least 50 of the 52 Republicans to vote yes in order to pass.
Mitch McConnell is still pushing for a vote on the bill next week.
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