Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is having a tough time getting his fellow Republicans to agree on a bill to replace Obamacare.
As he revises the bill to gain the support of some senators, he loses the support of others.
The GOP’s quest to repeal Obamacare is hanging by a thread, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scrambles to lock down 50 votes just to open debate on the Senate GOP health care bill.
Two Senate Republicans – Rand Paul and Susan Collins – have said they will vote against the motion to proceed to debate. That means McConnell needs to win over every other GOP senator simply to discuss the legislation to realize Republicans’ seven-year repeal pledge.
The political line McConnell must walk is a thin one to get one of these senators to support the bill:
It won’t be easy: Moderate senators like Ohio’s Rob Portman, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Nevada’s Dean Heller are still on the fence about the bill, worried about its deep cuts to Medicaid. At the other end of the spectrum, conservative Sen. Mike Lee is undecided even after GOP leaders tried to include his idea for rolling back more of Obamacare’s regulations. If just one of those holdout Republicans decides to vote no, it would sink the GOP’s repeal bid and represent a massive setback for the Trump administration’s already-stalled agenda. No Senate Democrat will back it.
The list of Senators Politico identifies as, “The 11 senators who may be the most difficult to land” are: Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Jeff Flake, Sen. Dean Heller, Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. John Hoeven, and Sen. Jerry Moran.