Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C), one of the Senate’s top conservatives, says he doesn’t believe the healthcare reform legislation passed in the House will make it through the upper chamber before the end of the year.
The House bill pushed through amid protests from conservative lawmakers is “not a good plan” to repeal and replace Obamacare, Burr told North Carolina’s WXII News.
Burr’s insistence that the bill is dead on arrival in the Senate betrays the GOP establishment’s repeated promise that Congress will produce a workable plan before the approaching August legislative recess. That’s due in part to the likelihood that senators and House members will have to work through a lengthy reconciliation process to produce a final. That bill will look nothing like the current legislation.
With a workable plan not in the near future, Burr contends that it’s important for lawmakers to consider measures to stop some of the bleeding occurring under Obamacare in the interim.
“It’s unlikely that we will get a healthcare deal, which means that most of my time has been spent trying to figure out solutions to Iowa losing all of its insurers, to Tennessee losing theirs, to North Carolina only having one insurer in 95 out of 100 counties,” Burr said.
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