Tags: Healthcare Reform | AHCA | Senate | Mitch McConnell | repeal and replace

McConnell: Senate Healthcare Bill 'Will Not Be Quick,' 'Must Be Done'

Image: McConnell: Senate Healthcare Bill 'Will Not Be Quick,' 'Must Be Done'
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (Getty Images/Alex Wong)

By    |   Monday, 08 May 2017 04:12 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated the Senate would not rush on legislation to reform the nation's healthcare system, but also maintained it was work that "must be done," The Hill reported Monday.

"This process will not be quick or simple or easy, but it must be done," McConnell said Monday, adding "to those who have suffered enough already, my message is this: We hear you, and Congress is acting."

The House approved the American Health Care Act on Thursday without any support from Democrats and was greeted with a lukewarm reception by the Senate in its present form. Lawmakers will likely rework the House bill to ensure enough votes to pass in the Senate.

McConnell said Congress must overhaul the nation's current healthcare system due to the "indefensible Obamacare status quo."

"It's the least members in both parties owe to the countless Americans who continue to suffer under Obamacare and the countless more who will be hurt if we don't act," he said.

McConnell must have at least 51 votes for the bill to pass in the Senate, after announcing Sunday the decision would be made with a majority vote. The Senate has 52 Republican senators, not all of whom are on board with the new healthcare bill.

McConnell has a group of approximately a dozen senators to come up with legislation that would win enough support to pass, The Hill reported. No Democrats are expected to vote in favor of reforming Obamacare.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
Politics
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated the Senate would not rush on legislation to reform the nation's healthcare system, but also maintained it was work that "must be done," The Hill reported Monday.
AHCA, Senate, Mitch McConnell, repeal and replace
245
2017-12-08
Monday, 08 May 2017 04:12 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved