The Latest on Senate Republicans’ ObamaCare repeal plan (all times local):7:10 a.m.
A new study says that while many Republican senators are still trying to get a health care bill through the Senate, they are confident they can win over the president.
Senate Republicans say they’re confident they’ll pass a repeal-and-replace plan this year, with Vice President Mike Pence and Republican Sens.
Bob Corker, Lindsey Graham, Lisa Murkowski and John McCain all pledging to vote for the measure.
But the study also found that even after the GOP-led House is stripped of the filibuster, it’s likely the bill will still need 60 votes in the Senate to pass.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is a key figure in the effort to pass the GOP’s repeal plan.
He says he is “very confident” that if Senate Republicans can win the support of their caucus, they can pass their plan and get the House to pass it.
Graham, who has repeatedly said he would vote to repeal the law, told reporters that he was “very optimistic” that Republicans could pass the legislation and the president would sign it into law.
“I think they’re going to be very confident in this,” Graham said.
“I don’t think there’s going to come a day that we won’t be very pleased.”
The GOP repeal bill would repeal a number of Obama administration regulations, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Clean Power Plan.
The repeal plan would also repeal the Affordable Care Care Act’s employer mandate.
Senators have been divided over whether the repeal-only plan should be paired with a replacement plan, but GOP leaders are confident that can be done.
The Senate GOP healthcare plan would not require people to buy insurance or pay a penalty, but it would allow insurers to raise premiums to cover more people and would create a reinsurance program for people with high deductibles and copays.
Senate Democrats are still pressing Republicans to include the tax cut and other provisions that are expected to be key to winning over moderate Republican senators, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been trying to build support among the moderate members to move forward with a plan that would have many of the popular elements of the Affordable Health Care Act.
“We’re still very confident we can get it through the House,” Sen. Rob Portman (R) said.
Republicans say they are still working on a replacement bill that would replace the Affordable Healthcare Act, including repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate, but McConnell has not yet ruled out including the repeal of some provisions.
“If there’s a plan in there that does something different than the ACA, we’ll be ready to move it forward,” Portman said.
The Congressional Budget Office said that, based on what is known about the Senate’s health care plan, the Senate GOP plan could be more expensive than a similar proposal that House Republicans are working on.
But CBO also found a “cost containment” provision that could lower premiums and lower out-of-pocket costs for people.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Tuesday that the Senate plan is “in a very good place,” despite a “slight improvement” in the bill that was unveiled earlier this month.
Schumer said the Senate will “work with the House and other committees on our bill to make sure we have the best possible legislation that can get the votes to get this through.”
Republicans will meet with President Donald Trump Tuesday afternoon.
The White House said that the president and Senate Republicans are meeting to discuss a health plan.ABC News’ Peter Alexander contributed to this report.