Obamacare Replacement Likely to Fail in Senate, According to House Freedom Caucus

Posted: Jan 12, 2017 6:50 PM

As Republicans rush to draft a replacement for Obamacare in the coming weeks, some members of the House of Representatives believe that it may be harder to accomplish than previously thought.

“Getting 60 votes on a replacement plan from Senate Democrats will be problematic. They have said they have no desire to help,” Rep. Mark Meadows and chairman of the Freedom Caucus said in an interview with The Hill. “In that context, a replacement vote in the Senate is likely to fail.”

Republicans hold 52 votes in the Senate and will need support from at least eight Democrats to overcome a filibuster. 

Meadows also said that the measure would be a full replacement.

"I haven't seen it, but that's my understanding. Yes, a full replacement," he said. "Because a partial replacement can actually happen in the reconciliation instruction. So a different stand-alone bill."

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