WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSNewYork) — Senate Republicans have released the latest version of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, but it comes amid deep divisions.
At least two Republicans are threatening to kill the bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell desperately appealed to Senate Republicans on Thursday in this latest attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported.
“American people deserve better than the pain of Obamacare,” he said. “They deserve better care.”
The first hurdle will be getting members of his own party on board.
Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) already oppose the new bill that devotes $45 billion to fight the opioid crisis, while giving more credits to low income Americans to buy coverage. If three Republicans Senators oppose, the plan could die before it’s even debated.
“When you’re keeping half the taxes, most of the regulations, and creating a brand new insurance bailout superfund, that to most people just doesn’t look like repeal,” Paul said.
President Donald Trump warned this week that if Republicans can’t get a new health care deal done, there will be consequences.
“I will be very angry, and a lot of people will be very upset.”