Senate in State of Confusion Over Health Care
By Robert King, The Washington Examiner
Republican senators say they are making progress on partially repealing and replacing Obamacare, but some lawmakers don't know which bill they will be voting on next week.
The confusion stems from uncertainty on which path GOP leadership will take on healthcare reform. GOP leaders have signaled they will hold a vote early next week to start debate on a House bill, passed in May, that would partially repeal Obamacare.
But it is not clear if leadership will then strip out the House bill and replace it with a 2015 bill that guts Obamacare but leaves it in place for two years while Republicans craft a replacement or another bill that would partially repeal Obamacare and immediately replace it.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., a member of leadership, provided some clarity when asked whether the Senate will vote on repeal and delay or the replacement bill, which is called the Better Care Reconciliation Act.