Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said this week he has a "hard time believing" the Senate will vote on healthcare legislation by August, The Washington Post reported.
"There are some still saying that we'll vote before the August break," he told members of the Chamber of Commerce in Glendale, Ariz. "I have a hard time believing that."
The House passed its version of the healthcare bill – the American Healthcare Act – last month – but Senate Republicans are still working on their own bill. Flake has not publicly supported the GOP legislation and, told a hospital employee who asked how to save the Medicaid program, "We're trying to find that balance, and we aren't close yet, frankly."
Flake is up for re-election next year, but he continues to spar with the president's and party's agenda, which is the focus of the Post article. The senator wants to drive down healthcare costs and also keep Medicaid "sustainable" so beneficiaries "don't have the rug pulled out from under them," the Post reported.
"If I wanted an easier path through the primary, then I would line up more with where the president is," he said. "But I think if you're an elected official, you've got to do what you know what's right. It'll be a tougher path than I could have had, would have had, but I think I'll get there."
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