More than a dozen Senate Republicans are still stuck with health care legislation that has been called the most unpopular in modern history.
The legislation has drawn sharp criticism from Democratic lawmakers and some in the medical industry.
The Republican leadership and GOP leaders are still trying to get the bill passed and they have not yet come up with a final version.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday that Senate Democrats will not be able to force a vote on the legislation.
McConnell said the House is “not even close” to the final bill, which has yet to be written.
Democrats say the legislation would not lower premiums, but Republicans argue it would make coverage worse.
“We’re going to take a hard look at the bill that has passed, and we’re going a different direction,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Thursday.
“I’m confident we’re not going to have a vote before Christmas.
We’re going out of here with a bill that is far worse than the one we had last year.
We’ve got a bill with more taxes, more spending, fewer services.
And the Republicans are just going to continue to fight and they’re going no place.”
The Senate bill would provide states with more money to expand Medicaid and create a federal insurance exchange.
It also would eliminate the tax credits that many states received under Obamacare.
“It would create a massive entitlement that we could not afford to keep,” Schumer said.
“The Medicaid expansion would create the largest expansion in the history of the United States of anything.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R.
Va.) said Republicans have not come up the final version of the bill, but he added that he’s confident they’ll pass it.
“I am confident we will pass a bill, because we’ve got to get something done,” Boehner said.
Democrats have not offered a full-throated opposition to the legislation, and they continue to call for changes to the Senate bill.
They say the Senate health care bill is a giveaway to insurance companies that would give them more power to raise premiums and that it would take away protections for people with preexisting conditions.
The Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), on Friday called the Senate version of Obamacare “disastrous” and said that “there’s no guarantee” Republicans will change the legislation to address her concerns.
The Senate version also includes a proposal that would require Americans to buy coverage across state lines rather than being able to buy it on their own.
The House bill includes a provision to allow states to choose not to expand health coverage beyond their borders.
Senate Republicans are facing increasing pressure to pass the legislation amid a new poll that shows a majority of Americans oppose it.
The poll, released Thursday, shows the public disapproves of the legislation by an average of 46 percentage points.
A majority of Republicans oppose the legislation and independents and Democrats are in agreement.
A CNN/ORC International poll released Friday found that 47 percent of registered voters would support a government shutdown over a lack of votes on health care.
A CNN/NORC International survey released Thursday showed that 56 percent of voters support a shutdown over the lack of Republicans to pass health care in Congress.
Democrats in the House have said they will vote against the Senate-passed version of their health care plan, but a new CNN/Wall Street Journal poll shows a narrow majority of Democratic members support passing the Senate’s bill.
The CNN poll also shows that a majority, 51 percent, support extending health care coverage to some Americans without requiring them to purchase it from a government exchange.
“What I’ve heard from Democrats is that there are enough Democrats who have said we’re in a good position,” Rep. Andy Harris (D.M.), who is running for the Democratic nomination to be president’s health secretary, said Thursday night.
“But there are not enough Democrats to make up for the fact that there’s not enough Republicans in the Senate.”