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There is no chance the House GOP’s plan to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act will leave the Senate the way it comes in, Sen. Bob Corker said Thursday, said the Washington Examiner.
The ominous statement was made on MSNBC just mere hours before the GOP led House is set to vote on the repackaged Obamacare-repeal bill.
Corker said he’s not been following much of what the House is doing on healthcare, since his office “turned the volume off” on healthcare reform after the bill was pulled from the floor last month. But he guaranteed the Senate wouldn’t rubber stamp the House’s bill, according to the Examiner.
“No. Zero. That’s not the way it’s going to work,” he said, when asked if the bill could escape changes and what the chances are it would pass quickly in the Senate.
He added, “People over here want to make sure it’s something that’s going to work for the American people.”
Corker went on to speculate that it would take senators at least a month to review the House bill before starting the refining process in the upper chamber, explained the Examiner.
Corker said he couldn’t get a read on what would happen in the Senate because healthcare isn’t a major issue for the upper chamber at the moment.
“Nothing has been laid out over here,” he said. “All of us are pretty much focused on other things until we get the bill.”
The House is set to vote on the bill, and appears to have some optimism for its passage, though as Corker has said, many believe the Senate will be a much tougher sell.