On Thursday, four Republican senators revealed they will not vote for the Senate Republican health care bill until changes are made. This puts the passage of the current bill at risk.
There are 52 seats held by Republicans and because no Democrats support the legislation, the GOP can only afford to lose two votes for it to pass.
However, they are about to lose four votes. The four GOP senators that came out saying that will not support the bill are Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Ted Cruz of Texas.
In a joint statement, they stated, “Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor. There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current healthcare system but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their healthcare costs.”
The four also complained that they are displeased with the subsidies amount given to people in order to purchase insurance, the Medicaid expansion which is extended for another three years and the $15 billion per year that is given to the insurance companies that provide insurance in the individual Obamacare market for the next three years.
Other conservative political groups have also shown their opposition to the bill. This move can make it harder for more conservative senators to vote in favor of the bill.
But the problem is that if they try to move the bill further to the right, they risk losing moderates who are not pleased with the bill.
In a meeting on Thursday morning, many of the Senate Republican members finally got a chance to see the draft of the bill. There were a few people praising the bill while many kept their comments to themselves. Most of them refused to comment, stating they had to talk to their governors and state officials to see how it would affect them.