House Republicans' Health Bill Faces Hurdles In Senate

The Rose Garden celebration that President Trump held with House Republicans following their passage of a bill to repeal of the Affordable Care Act looked like a bill signing, except for one missing detail: the pens.

The health care bill still must get through the Senate, and as one Republican strategist predicted Friday, it won’t be easy.

Some form of legislation that follows the broad contours of the House bill “is going to get through the Senate,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. To achieve that, he said, will require maintaining extreme party discipline to unite the same conservative and mainstream GOP factions in the Senate that caused the Republicans’ effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act to implode in March in the House.

Republicans “know they’re going to own this, one way or the other,” O’Connell said. “They want to make it as good as possible, but they know that if nothing else they can ... run out there and say it is less bad than what you guys were facing,” under the current health law.

Read more from Carolyn Lochhead at the San Francisco Chronicle

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