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Senate GOP Timeframe for Healthcare Vote: 'Several Weeks'

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By    |   Thursday, 06 Jul 2017 03:04 PM

"Several weeks away."

That is the timeframe Republicans are citing to get a vote on their stalled healthcare plan, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), The Hill reported.

Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., both said Wednesday that Republicans are "several weeks away" from a vote, while majority leader Mitch McConnell last week put it at a "couple weeks away."

A couple weeks — three to be exact — is all Republicans have from when they return from July 4 recess to when August recess begins — end of business Friday, July 28.

And with nine Republicans who said they would be "nays," that does not leave McConnell much of a window to make changes and convert seven of those, assuming any current "yays" do not swing the other way.

Complicating matters is Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, have been working on an amendment that would take the bill farther to the right, ensuring more moderate Republicans would run away from the bill than conservatives toward it.

"The challenge is we've got a bunch of moderate Republicans who want to keep those mandates," Cruz said in a radio interview Wednesday, per The Hill. "If we include the consumer freedom amendment, I think conservatives will support this bill, it would make it a much better bill, but that remains an open question."

However, Cruz's consumer freedoms would likely kick out individuals with preexisting conditions, a non-starter for his peers in the upper chamber.

"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 yesses, and that's probably generous," a GOP aide told The Hill.

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"Several weeks away." That is the timeframe Republicans are citing to get a vote on their stalled healthcare plan, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), The Hill reported.
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