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Tensions Rise as Senate Healthcare Bill Languishes During Recess

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By    |   Thursday, 06 July 2017 08:35 AM

The Senate healthcare bill is in a state of flux during the July 4 recess and tensions are rising as a familiar renegade among Republicans is in the midst of a power play to reshape the legislation, according to reports.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went into the break with nine Republicans against the Better Care Reform Act (BCRA) and may come back from recess with more than that, given the reception senators are getting from constituents, CNN reported.

"What I've been hearing the entire recess is people telling me to be strong, that they have a lot of concerns about the healthcare bill in the Senate. They want me to keep working on it, but they don't want me to support it in its current form," said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, one of the nays.

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Further underscoring why McConnell tried to get a vote before the recess is that it gave time for Sen. Ted Cruz to foment his version of healthcare — and that's not pretty, The Hill reported.

"I would say that if we voted on the Cruz proposal, it would be in the neighborhood of 37 to 15 against, 37 no votes and 15 yeses, and that's probably generous," a GOP aide told The Hill.

Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee are on the prowl to pass healthcare without the protections for pre-existing conditions, putting them sideways with McConnell, whose understanding was the pair would support that if other Obamacare measures were repealed, The Hill reported.

But free market and full repeal has been Cruz's agenda from the beginning.

"From Day 1 of the Senate discussions, in a working group that Sen. Cruz started with Chairman Alexander, consumer freedom has been one of Cruz's major points. The idea that this is sprouting at the last minute is inaccurate," a senior Republican aide told The Hill.

Two revisions of the BCRA have been sent to the CBO for scoring, one that includes Cruz's amendment, The Hill reported.

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The Senate healthcare bill is in a state of flux during the July 4 recess and tensions are rising as a familiar renegade among Republicans is in the midst of a power play to reshape the legislation, according to reports.
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