The main sponsors of the last ObamaCare repeal bill committed on Thursday to hold hearings in the coming months in an effort to eventually pass their legislation.
“Over the coming weeks and months, we are committed to holding congressional hearings and working with our nations’ governors who believe returning power to states is a vast improvement over Obamacare,” Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said in a joint statement.
Graham and Cassidy met with President Trump on Thursday to discuss the future of health care. The senators said they remain committed not only to ObamaCare repeal, but to the specific principles in their legislation.
The senators contend they’re not giving up on their years-long pledge to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Still, action is not likely in the near term as a key deadline letting Republicans pass a bill with a simple majority expires Saturday.
“While President Trump — and both of us — are moving to focus on tax cuts, the debate about health care reform will continue,” Cassidy and Graham said.
After the meeting, Graham told reporters that he felt most of the resistance to their legislation — which became known as the Graham-Cassidy bill — was about process.
“I really think substantively we can sell this to 50 members of our conference with a better process,” Graham said.
Graham and Cassidy said Trump expressed some support for a bipartisan bill aimed at fixing some of the short-term problems of ObamaCare.
Leaders on the Senate Health Committee are getting closer to such a deal, but it’s not clear if it could pass the Senate, let alone make it all the way to Trump’s desk.