McConnell pushing for a vote on still unwritten Trumpcare before July 4

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As far as we know, there is no Trumpcare bill actually written down in the Senate, but that’s apparently not keeping Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from trying to force through a vote in the next two weeks, according to reports to Axios’s Jonathan Swan.

Some senators want to delay the vote but McConnell views that as delaying the inevitable. There are no mysteries about what the toughest disagreements are over—Medicaid funding and insurance market regulations. […]

  • Behind-the-scenes: McConnell and Senate leaders have been at this for all of May and now first couple weeks of June, turning their weekly lunches into working sessions on various aspects of the healthcare legislation. They’ve whittled down the stack of items that people don’t agree on. I’ve spoken to a number of people who know McConnell well who speculate that he’ll force a vote regardless of whether he knows he has

    votes. They say he’s desperate to move on to tax reform and can’t have healthcare hanging around like a bad smell through the summer.

To achieve that, they have to finalize negotiations and get the final agreement to the Congressional Budget Office for a score—they can’t vote without it.

Other reports say that McConnell is considering canceling the August recess in order to get everything on the Senate schedule completed, because the goal of having a Trumpcare vote by July 4 is “unrealistic.” There’s still internal opposition, with the Senate’s very own trio of Freedom Caucus-type maniacs supposedly opposing a push to gain moderates. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Ted Cruz (TX) are all reportedly causing problems, but Lee and Cruz are both on McConnell’s death panel of senators negotiating the bill.

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