Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., on Tuesday called on the Senate to pass a new healthcare bill by the end of the month, despite the release of a report showing the Republican-led House could collapse if Republicans do not address the issue of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
“I would urge you to move ahead with the health care bill.
This is critical,” McConnell said during a news conference at the Capitol.
“This is the only bill that we have in place that will provide coverage to people.
It has the support of the majority of Republicans.
We will be able to pass this as we have for the last six months.
And we will be in the majority for a long time to come.”
But Corker, a Republican from Tennessee who is retiring at the end, called the plan “simply a political gambit.”
“It’s not even clear that we’ll be able,” he said.
“And this is why I think it’s time to get this done.
It’s a political stunt.
It’ll never pass.”
McConnell, who has long been critical of the bill, also acknowledged that the House will need to agree to some compromises on a series of key issues before passing the legislation.
“That is up to the House.
But we’re going to try to make sure that we get something done,” he added.
But Corker and other Senate Republicans said they are still open to working with President Donald Trump and Democrats to address the healthcare issue, which they have long opposed.
“We’re going through this now.
This needs to be done.
We’re going, ‘How can we do it in a way that makes sense?'”
Corker told reporters.
“Let me be very clear: There are people in this country who have no insurance.
And that is a very real issue.
It needs to change.
We’ve made healthcare better. “
But we’ve been through this before, and we’ve made changes that have made people’s lives better.
We’ve made healthcare better.
And let’s keep doing it.”