Hayes: Why GOP Health Care Bill Faces a 'Very Tough' Battle in the Senate
After scoring a victory by getting the Republican health care bill passed in the House, President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he's looking forward to another victory when the American Health Care Act passes the Senate.
“I think we’ll get it through. The Republicans are very united," Trump said during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull aboard the USS Intrepid. "You saw that today and you’ll see it again. The Senate is looking forward to getting it. Mitch McConnell knows how to do things.”
On "Special Report" tonight, Steve Hayes said the bill faces a "very tough" battle in the Senate.
"There's no question this is a big victory for Donald Trump and for Paul Ryan and for House Republicans," Hayes said. "But it's a temporary victory."
He pointed out that the Senate has already signaled that they intend to "start from scratch" on the bill.
"They're going to have to come up with a bill that meets this 50-vote threshold by pleasing camps that are arguably even more polarized than Republicans in the House of Representative," Hayes said.
He explained that there are more moderate Republicans like Louisiana's Bill Cassidy and Maine's Susan Collins, and then, on the other side, there are senators like Arkansas' Tom Cotton and Kentucky's Rand Paul who want to "rip ObamaCare up, root and branch."
He noted that Republicans hold 52 seats, so they can't afford to lose many votes.
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