Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-TX, said Wednesday that it is possible the Senate will attempt to pass a scaled-down Affordable Care Act repeal bill as a way to move the legislation to the House.
Cornyn said that a “skinny” bill “seems to have a lot of benefits, getting us to conference.”
The Number 2 Republicans said that some new ideas, like Sen. Ted Cruz’s, R-TX, amendment to let insurers sell plans that don’t meet the standards of Obamacare, could be added and would make it possible to strike a deal in the conference committee.
“We use the template of the House bill that addresses all of these issues and come up with the best of the ideas we’ve developed, like the Cruz freedom amendment and the Portman negotiation on Medicaid and the wraparound, and all those would be live and could be used as part of a deal in the conference committee,” Cornyn said.
“So I think all we’re looking at is a way to get to that conference quick,” he added.