After a long wait, Senate Republicans are finally reaching the last stages of coming up with a rewrite of the United States’ health-care laws. According to The Washington Post, this comes after weeks of secretive deliberations, as well as frustration over how to fulfill the GOP’s signature campaign promise of the last seven years.
The group behind the bill hasn’t reached a common point yet
This Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that the party will produce a “discussion draft” of the bill by the end of the week. Also, several GOP members announced the vote could happen next week, despite the current concerns regarding emerging legislation, as well as the level of disagreement the laws could leave.
“We’re going to lay out a discussion draft Thursday morning, you’ll be able to take a look at it,” Mitch McConnell told reporters. However, this is the only declaration he gave, besides mentioning that the Senate would eventually proceed to the bill as soon as it receives a score from the Congressional Budget Office.
One of the leaders of the group that worked on the health care bill, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, said that the team “continues to make good progress” on crafting a compromise, but also claims that there’s “a great deal of work that remains to be done.” However, he also agrees that the draft that’s ready until now still needs several adjustments.
It’s far from being an easy job
Utah Senator Orrin G. Hatch isn’t that sure that a lot of progress was made on the bill, on the other side, declaring that “There’s still a lot of different points of view. And there are no simple answers to these problems.”
The US Senate is expected to go into recess by the end of next week, so it’s somehow mandatory to finish working on the bill until then.