WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) – On Sunday, lawmakers debated the Republican health care bill and its chances of passing a vote in the Senate. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said that the Senate will delay consideration of the bill due to Senator McCain’s absence net week due to eye surgery.
On ABC’s “This Week,” Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, said that the Republican plan would lead to health insurance that is “barely insurance at all.”
She also expressed concern about the cuts to Medicaid.
Collins said that the Medicaid program has been on the books for more than 50 years “Insuring some of our most vulnerable citizens, disabled children, our low-income seniors, receive the health care they need.
Collins added “worst of all,” these changes would have been made without the Senate holding a single hearing to evaluate their impact.
Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price also appeared on “This Week” defending the bill.
Price said that he found the opposition from big name insurance companies “perplexing.”
When asked if the Senate has the votes to pass the bill, the secretary said, “I don’t know.”
But Price told Sinclair Broadcast Group that he was “confident we will get to a solution” on the bill.
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