WTH? Senate Will Not Cast Votes for Healthcare Bill Passed in the House

The GOP side of the Senate has been working on their own Obamacare repeal for several weeks, it seems. Now, to their surprise, the House has presented them with a healthcare bill. Are they willing to review it, modify it, and work with the House on it? Apparently, they are not going to look at it except to get some ideas on what to write into their own bill. WTH? Is this Burger King where everyone gets to have it their way? Why can’t they work TOGETHER?

As Written By Susan Ferrechio for the Washington Examiner:

Senate Republicans said Thursday they won’t vote on the House-passed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, but will write their own legislation instead.

A Senate proposal is now being developed by a 12-member working group. It will attempt to incorporate elements of the House bill, senators said, but will not take up the House bill as a starting point and change it through the amendment process.

“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,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

“We are going to draft a Senate bill,” added Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. “That is what I’ve been told.”

The working group has been meeting for weeks, said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the group.

“What we have to do is build a consensus among our conference and that is what the working group is designed to do,” Cornyn said. “To get to a compromise we can agree to and then present it to the larger conference.”

Cornyn said there is “really no deadline” for the group to produce a bill. “We are just working toward getting 51 votes,” he said……….


Senate won’t vote on House-passed healthcare bill

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