The Senate healthcare bill inches closer to receiving an up or down vote in that chamber, as more and more Republican Senators who opposed the initial Obamcare-lite healthcare bill proposal, are now starting to line up in favor of a bill that gives Americans more options to buy health insurance.
The new provision in the proposed healthcare bill, which would allow Americans to pick and choose a healthcare plan to suit their individual needs, regardless of the scope of coverage, is what is swaying Republican Senators like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to possibly support measure in its entirety.
Cruz has stated that he would support the bill on its face with this healthcare plan option.
“People should have the right to buy the kind of insurance they want at a price they can afford. Not everyone wants or needs the same kind of insurance…Why can’t you just insure against a serious illness or a bad accident but allow primary care or something else to either be covered by a separate but limited policy or through a health savings account or if you have enough money, out of pocket.”-Sen. Rubio on a Facebook Live feed
But will Rubio ultimately vote in favor of the bill once it hits the Senate floor?
“Whether you like this bill or not … unless you’re on the bill you can’t change it…If there his anything about it you don’t like, the only way to change it is through an amendment with a vote on the Senate floor. You can’t even start that process unless you vote to proceed. And so I’m prepared to vote to proceed next week so we can get on the bill and begin to make those changes.”
The final Senate bill is still a long ways away from being voted on, even though a vote may be slated to take place next week.
Senate Republicans do not have much wiggle room to play. They need all of their votes to line up behind the measure.