McConnell, (R-Ky.) also said a vote by the full Senate on the bill would happen after the Congressional Budget Office releases its analysis of the GOP's bill, possibly before the July 4th congressional recess.
Even if the Senate is able to muster the votes to approve a bill next week, the legislation would still need to be reconciled with the House-passed version - pushing final passage to later in the summer.
That timeline could change based on the response from individual senators toward the proposal at party meetings, but GOP leaders are optimistic that they can hold a vote next week if this week's lunch talks go well, the article says. "This will be about as transparent as it can be". And now, the Senate is pushing for an AHCA vote sometime next week.
Democrats have long opposed repealing the Affordable Care Act and have instead tried to convince Republicans to work toward fixing problems associated with the law. The bill would also take away coverage from people with Medicaid making between $11,000 and $15,000 a year, who were covered under Obamacare.
"We have to act, and we are, " McConnell said on the Senate floor.
"I know the president has been on the phone extensively with the leader [McConnell] and key senators", Spicer said. These included a hearing led by Sens. They didn't want to repeal and replace Obamacare.
"We believe Obamacare is failing".
"Let's not mistake ourselves with how they [Senate Democrats] approached this thing".
Senate Republicans have kept the text of their bill a complete secret, while hammering out the details only among a group of 13 Republican men - and no women - and without holding public hearings.
When asked by Bloomberg's Laura Litvan on Tuesday if he had seen the bill, McCain was blunt.
Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said Republicans are close, but not quite ready, to send a bill to the CBO. It seems nearly certain that the enhanced funding for the expansion population under the Affordable Care Act will be wound down, but there has been a back-and-forth about how long that phase-out would take. Although he was named to the Senate group to rewrite the AHCA, Utah Sen.
Many Democratic lawmakers are complaining that the Senate Republicans lack transparency when it comes to the bill.
"There is significant disagreement, but I hope we are coming towards common ground", Sen.
Moderate Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, said she didn't know how she'd vote, saying, "What is the deal we have?"
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