The Senate is writing up its own health care bill instead of acting on Trumpcare

The GOP's Obamacare replacement bill won't exactly be moving quickly

Published May 5, 2017 11:34AM (EDT)

 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

It seems that Senate Republicans realize that their counterparts in the House passed a bill that is absolutely terrible. This would explain why, despite House Republicans taking a victory lap at the White House on Thursday, their Senate colleagues are going to draft their own legislation.

A working group with 12 members, including the conservative Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, is going to write up a bill that will incorporate aspects of the House measure, according to a report by The Washington Examiner. Although Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate Republican, is reported to be a part of the discussions, she is not in the working group.

There is no timeline, Cornyn said, according to The Hill.

According to Cornyn, the purpose of the working committee is to "build a consensus among our conference and that is what the working group is designed to do. To get to a compromise we can agree to and then present it to the larger conference."

Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri told The Examiner that "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."

Presumably the Senate's goal is to create a bill that will ultimately be acceptable to enough Republicans in both chambers of Congress.



By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. He specializes in covering science, health and history, and is particularly passionate about climate change, animal science, disability rights, plastic pollution and the intersections between science and politics. He has interviewed many prominent figures including former President Jimmy Carter, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, animal scientist and activist Temple Grandin, inventor Ernő Rubik, mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, actor George Takei, and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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