Competing Factions Complicate GOP’s Health Efforts: ‘You Can’t Have 52 People Drafting The Bill’
There are multiple groups working on their own versions of the Senate legislation.
Too Many Cooks Threaten GOP Healthcare Bill
Senate Republicans may have too many cooks in the kitchen when it comes to healthcare, and it’s complicating efforts to draft an ObamaCare replacement bill. The main Senate group working on crafting healthcare legislation is the task force of 13 men backed by Senate leaders. It won negative attention early on for its lack of women, at which point GOP leaders opened it up to all members. (Weixel, 6/6)
The Real 13 Senators To Watch On Health Care
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s 13-member health care working group has gotten a lot of attention. But in the Senate, where a minority group of members can effectively stall any legislation from advancing, buy-in from the broader Republican Conference will be necessary for the GOP to succeed in overhauling President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement, the 2010 health care law. Given those dynamics, Roll Call has compiled its own roster of 13 lawmakers to watch as debate on the repeal bill continues. The list represents the various factions within the Republican Conference and the opposing views on key issues. (Williams and Kelly, 6/6)