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Conservatives Reject Working With Dems on Healthcare

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By    |   Thursday, 13 Jul 2017 08:44 AM

Some conservative Republican lawmakers are against working with Democrats to pass the Senate's healthcare bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare, The Hill reports. 

"When [Chuck] Schumer talks about doing something bipartisan if this is unsuccessful, really what he's offering is a multibillion-dollar insurance company bailout with no reform," said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, The Hill notes.

"And I can't imagine me ever being in a position to support that, and I frankly wouldn't recommend it to any of my colleagues." 

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus also expressed his doubts about working with Schumer, according to The Hill.

"To suggest that Chuck Schumer is actually going to help out on a repeal bill defies not only his own rhetoric, but his commitment to his constituents. He said he's not going to help us. So are we going to fix Obamacare? The answer to that is no," Meadows said.

The Hill noted that every Republican senator voted for an Obamacare repeal bill in 2015 except for Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. Jason Pye, the vice president of legislative affairs for FreedomWorks, a conservative group, said the senators should be required to stick to those votes.

"Let's stop calling them moderate Republicans, let's start calling them frauds. Their votes in 2015 were fraudulent votes," Pye told The Hill.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also slammed the idea of working with Democrats.

"I've yet to meet a Democrat in Washington that will vote to cut a tax or vote to eliminate a regulation," Paul said.

However, other Republicans are open to a bipartisan solution. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said if the GOP could not pass a repeal bill, "bite the bullet and stabilize those markets" with a bill that would guarantee money for Obamacare payments.

Six Democrats have approached Collins to talk about a compromise bill, she told reporters Tuesday, according to The Hill. "Anyone who has looked at the state of the individual and small group markets across this country knows that doing nothing is not an answer."

"That's still on my table," Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Ark., said about working with Democrats, The Hill reported.

McConnell plans to present the revamped bill to Republican senators on Thursday.

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