GOP leadership has been aiming for a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)-the Senate's version of health care legislation to supplant Obamacare and an analogue to the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA)-sometime this week with the hopes of smashing up a political cinderblock before the 4th of July Congressional recess.
Do they really want to say someday that one of their most important votes in the Senate involved taking health care away from millions of Americans? Since it's likely Democrats will unanimously vote against the bill, Republicans can afford to lose two votes before the bill is jeopardized.
Senate Republican leaders want a vote in the coming week on a plan to roll back much of President Barack Obama's health care law.
"What I find so disappointing is these bills aren't going to fix the problem", Johnston said Sunday.
Ron Johnson is one of the five GOP senators who have publicly declared they won't vote for the American Health Care Act as it's now written.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said on CBS' Face the Nation that he was undecided on the bill, as did Sen.
"I have a hard time believing Wisconsin constituents or even myself will have enough time to properly evaluate this for me to vote for a motion to proceed" to the legislation, Johnson said on NBC's Meet the Press.
"We should not be voting on this next week", he insisted.More news: Nevada senator announces opposition to health care bill
Five senators have already announced their opposition to the Senate bill. "It's so devastating to the middle class", he said on ABC, putting the Republicans' chances of passing the current bill at "50-50".
"I don't think he's leading it", Trump said.
Ben Sasse said Sunday the Senate's current plan to overhaul health care "is not a full repeal or full replace".
The Congressional Budget Office's initial review of the Senate's draft bill is expected to be released Monday. But passage in the Senate would just be the first step; it would then have to be reconciled with lawmakers from a more conservative House before once again passing both chambers and heading to President Trump's desk. Conservatives like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) think it doesn't go far enough and have branded it "Obamacare Lite" whereas more moderate members of Medicaid expansion states are concerned needy patients would be hurt by Medicaid reforms or defunding Planned Parenthood.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, during interviews on CNN's "State of the Union" and "Fox News Sunday", defended the bill, claiming it would help drive down insurance premiums and make private insurance more affordable for those low-income Americans who would no longer qualify for Medicaid.
"And it doesn't have to be 100 percent repeal", said Mr. Paul. "We could well be in all night a couple of nights working through what will be an open amendment process and I think that at least is good".
Trump told Fox that health care is "a very complicated subject", and any changes will draw opposition from one group or another.