Friday, July 14, 2017

Mitch McConnell Employs Backroom Deals to Pass the Senate Healthcare Bill

Mitch McConnell Employs Backroom Deals to Pass the Senate Healthcare Bill: The revised Senate healthcare bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), contains several new handouts designed to entice moderate senators to support the healthcare bill.

Republicans maintain a slim majority in the Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only afford to lose two senators to win a vote with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie. At this moment, Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) oppose the new BCRA, so the Majority Leader cannot lose any more votes to pass the bill when it comes to the Senate floor next week.

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