Republican senators on Tuesday will vote to repeal and replace Obamacare in a new measure that has the support of nearly all of the chamber’s Democratic members.
But the legislation will still have to be reconciled with the House-passed measure, which includes tax credits for insurance, as well as subsidies for low-income people to buy private insurance and help to stabilize insurance markets in states that have struggled with the law.
That means there is no clear path to repeal, with many Republican senators looking at ways to make it more palatable for their party.
But Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she would not vote to replace Obamacare, even though it could provide some relief to those who currently have health insurance, and that she would be open to the possibility of an amendment to replace the current bill.
“I’ve seen a lot of people have been saying that the only way to go is to go through reconciliation,” Murkowski said on the Senate floor.
“I don’t know how that’s going to work.
So, I think there’s a lot to consider.”
Murkowski, along with fellow Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, a Republican, voted in favor of the House bill last week.
But their votes don’t mean that the Senate can proceed with repeal without a replacement.
Republicans are looking to get their repeal bill through the Senate in the coming weeks.
They will be holding a vote on a draft of the legislation Tuesday evening.
The vote comes after President Donald Trump called lawmakers in the Senate and told them to pass the legislation.
Trump, who called the legislation “mean” on Twitter after the bill was passed, called it “mean-spirited” and “mean to the middle class” as he vowed to veto it.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the White House would not have been happy with a vote that would have to do with the Senate’s healthcare legislation.
“We’re very proud of what the president did today,” McConnell said.
“And I think it shows that we’re a unified party, so that’s very important.
The American people have spoken, and we’ll see if the president is willing to follow through with his pledge.”
The Senate will return to Washington next week.