Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn: Obamacare repeal will happen by July

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said Wednesday that the Senate would pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare by July.

“Absolutely we’ll get it done by the end of July at the latest,” the Texas Republican said.

Cornyn was speaking on the Chad Hasty Show, responding to a question from the host over whether an Obamacare repeal and replace bill would pass this year.

“It’s May 31 and we’re not running out of time,” Cornyn said. “We do need to take care of our business. You mention healthcare and that’s certainly front and center in the United States Senate, something that we will have to get resolved here in the next few weeks and I expect that we will.”

The Senate is working during the Memorial Day recess to draft a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The House version passed earlier this month.

In the interview, Cornyn went on to point out that premiums have doubled since the passage of Obamacare. The information comes from a recent Health and Human Services Department report, which detailed how premiums in the individual marketplace have increased since before the passage of Obamacare when compared to premiums sold inside the exchanges. The report also noted, however, that plans now include a more robust benefits package and prohibit insurers from discriminating against people with pre-existing illnesses.

“Even if Hillary Clinton were president we’d be revisiting this failed Obamacare experiment,” Cornyn said of premium increases.

When asked how difficult it would be to get the 50 votes in the Senate needed to pass a bill under reconciliation, assuming a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence, Cornyn replied: “We need to come up with a consensus bill. One thing I’m sure of: It won’t be perfect, but if it’s better than Obamacare I think we will have fulfilled our promise that we made election after election to repeal Obamacare.”

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner


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