Senate Republicans are struggling to find a path forward on their latest bid to repeal and replace ObamaCare, in the face of ongoing resistance within their own party.
Two more senators on Sunday indicated resistance to the bill in its current form, and if they turn into hard “no” votes – added to the opposition already announced – then Republicans will not be able to pass the bill.
Backers of the bill—including Cassidy and Graham, as well as Trump administration officials—insisted during Sunday show appearances that the legislation, that replaces ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion and insurance subsidies with block grants, could still pass the Senate this week.
“It’s not dead,” Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, told “Fox News Sunday.” “Here we are, just days away from a final vote and we’ve trying to win over the support of the last couple senators to get there.”
Short added that he anticipated a vote on the healthcare legislation to come up on Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hasn’t formally scheduled a vote but said last week that he “intends” to bring up ObamaCare repeal.
Graham and Cassidy separately insisted during a joint interview on ABC News that they thought they could get the bill across the finish line despite an increasingly uphill battle.
“I think we’re going to get the votes next week. We’re using the exact same process the Democrats did to pass ObamaCare,” Graham said.
The Republicans have 52 seats and need 50 senators to back the proposal while depending…