McConnell says revised version of health-care bill expected on Thursday

Key Points
  • Mitch McConnell says a new version of the Senate Republican Obamacare replacement plan is coming Thursday.
  • He expects a Congressional Budget Office score early next week and a motion to proceed on the bill by next week.
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A revised version of the Senate Republican Obamacare replacement is expected to come Thursday morning, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

"The news of the day is that, as I think you already know, we'll be on health care next week. We'll be laying out a revised version of the repeal-and-replace effort, the text of that on Thursday morning," McConnell said.

He said the GOP hopes to have a Congressional Budget Office score on the plan by "the beginning" of next week and a motion to bring the bill to the floor by next week.

At least eight GOP senators still oppose the plan as written now, as the conservative and moderate wings of the party have often competing concerns about it. Republicans can only lose two votes and still pass the bill.

The prospect of a bipartisan plan to stabilize insurance markets has increased recently as doubts grow about the GOP's ability to pass a plan on its own. McConnell could still muster the support needed to approve the bill with tweaks to appease members.

A potential part of the revisions is an amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, that would allow states to offer non-Obamacare-compliant plans alongside more broad plans.

It could also possibly include a boost in funding to deal with the American opioid crisis, among other potential changes.

McConnell also announced Tuesday that the Senate will delay its August recess by two weeks amid a packed legislative agenda.

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