The Congressional Budget Office's scoring of the healthcare bill passed by the House underscored was pretty much a given — Senate Republicans are going to put forth their own bill.
According to the CBO, the American Health Care Act would result in 23 million more uninsured Americans by 2026, and that's a dog with fleas, as far as Senate Republicans are concerned.
"We're not going to pass that bill in the Senate," Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was quoted by The Wall Street Journal.
"While I am in favor of repealing Obamacare, I am opposed to the American Health Care Act in its current form," Republican Sen. Dean Heller said in a statement. "The AHCA is a first step but not the solution."
Senate Republicans, under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's leadership, have been tackling healthcare reform in small groups for weeks but still are no closer to coming up with a solution to the biggest quagmire — how to insure Americans with pre-existing conditions but also tamping down premiums and deductibles.
Further, Senate Republicans are split on whether to ax or continue the Medicaid expansion.
Senators are likely to get an idea of which way the wind is blowing in their districts during the upcoming week-long Memorial Day recess.
In the meantime, staffers are expected to be putting pen to paper on what the Senate plan looks like.
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