The U.S. Senate is waiting on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to make revisions to proposed legislation that would repeal and replace the nation’s health care law. Republican Bill Cassidy says the initial Senate healthcare plan doesn’t have enough support, so he hopes McConnell uses some of the ideas the senior Senator from Louisiana suggested months ago.
"My own opinion is that we need to go more towards giving states the ability to come up with plans that work for the people of that state and patients more control over their healthcare than they do under Obamacare."
Senate Democrats have called on McConnell to work with them on coming up with legislation to improve America’s Health Care system. Cassidy says since there are 52 Republicans in the US Senate, they need to come up with a bill that has the support of some Democrats.
"It isn't a partisan issue, it's an American issue. Every state in the Union has people paying $20,000, $30,000 and $40,000 for premiums with $6,000 deductibles."
President Donald Trump is urging Congress to pass a health care bill before they leave for the August recess. Cassidy says if they can’t agree on a complete health care overhaul, federal lawmakers should at least do something about rising premiums.
"For that family right now who can't afford their premium, we've got to lower that premium. That's going to demand sooner action not later action."