By Griffen Smith |WASHINGTON
Thursday Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) have expressed an intent on not passing the new health care laid out by The Republican establishment. In a group statement, they announced their disapproval of the bill.
“Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor. There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current health care system, but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their health care costs.”
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell introduced the bill Thursday morning, asking all to “carefully review it.” What followed was the immediate calls to fail the bill by Senate Democrats, highlighted by Chuck Schumer saying “The way this bill cuts health care is heartless.” At this point, there is not one democrat on board with the Republicans.
With the loss of 4 more Republicans, this bill will most likely fail. After all, the Republican’s have 52 seats and a loss of at least 4 is too much to remedy with a flipping Democrat. Until then, the bill is going to go through many amendments and many protests, while the American people are yet to find a solution to high healthcare costs.