Health care reform is going to get its first shot at a vote this week, and a few key Republican senators appear to be lining up to back the legislation.
But they have yet to publicly commit to supporting it.
Here are the key players and the senators who have already said they’ll vote against the bill.
Sen. Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamGOP Senator says Kavanaugh should be charged with lying under oath over Ford letter GOP senator: Don’t ‘take sides’ on Kavanaugh’s Kavanaugh nomination Graham: ‘I hope we never have to go through that again’ MORE (R-S.C.) told the Associated Press that he believes the Senate will pass the Republican health care plan.
He also said that the Senate would likely pass the bill in its current form, meaning the chamber would have to pass a replacement later on.
“I think it will be a successful bill, it will pass, and I think there will be no question about that,” Graham said.
“I think we’ll get it done, and if there is a replacement we’ll be ready.”
Sen. Bill Cassidy Bill William (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP Senate candidate to challenge Kavanaugh on healthcare: ‘You are the man’ Cassidy’s running against the Democrats on healthcare MORE (La.) also told the AP that he thinks the bill will pass.
Cassidy has been one of the most vocal critics of the bill, which he says has been driven by the Trump administration and that the Trumpcare bill does not provide sufficient funding to offset the loss of federal funding.
Cassidy has also been a vocal critic of the House bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
The Senate’s top Republican, Sen. John Cornyn John CornyFord’s lawyer: Hearing doesn’t appear to probe misconduct claims against Kavanaugh McConnell: GOP should not delay Kavanaugh vote GOP senators condemn attack on Kavanaugh MORE (Texas), has said that he is still opposed to the AHCA.
Sen. Ron Johnson Ronald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP Senate candidates: I am ‘a Trump supporter’ Johnson to vote against Kavanaugh GOP senators call for Kavanaugh vote to proceed with Kavanaugh nomination GOP senators rally against Kavanaugh MORE’s (Wis.) office has also said he has no plans to support the Senate bill, according to the AP.
Senators have said that they would vote against a GOP repeal bill, if it is still being worked out.
They have not made a decision about whether they will back the bill or not.
Sen.(Ill.) has said he is open to a Republican health plan, but he has not yet made a final decision.
He told The Hill that he would be open to working with Democrats on a replacement plan, which has not been included in the House legislation.
Sen.-elect Tammy Duckworth Tammy (Tammy) Tammy DuckettDems call for ‘comprehensive investigation’ into Trump-Russia ties Duckworth wins Illinois governor’s race MORE (Ill.) and Sen.(Ill.), both of whom are expected to announce their support for the Senate health care proposal next week, have not yet publicly announced their intentions.
But the two have been a consistent presence on social media, tweeting out their support on Tuesday.
Sen(Ind.) has also remained mum on his intentions.
His office has not responded to requests for comment.
Sen. Tammy Duck (Tam) DuckettSenate Republican Leader: I will support Graham-Cassidy bill Sen. Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeFlake: ‘This is the first time we’ve had a debate on health care’ Flake to retire at 68: ‘That’s the end of my life’ GOP lawmakers call for investigation of alleged Russian interference in 2020 election MORE (Ariz.) has remained mum.
The senator has previously said that Republicans should not “throw everything away” and that he will vote against any legislation that he deems to be “watered down.”
Sen.(Wis.), a member of the Senate GOP leadership, also has said she has not made up her mind yet.
Senes John McCain John Sidney McCainGOP may not hold Kavanaugh vote for president, says GOP senator John CornuTop GOP lawmakers urge Senate to vote on Kavanaugh Kavanaugh: Dems should not hold debate on Kavanaugh before he leaves Capitol Hill GOP leaders to take steps to preserve health insurance MORE (AZ) and Jeff Flake (AZ), two of the senators most likely to be targeted by the Democrats for their votes on the bill next week if they vote to advance it, have been vocal opponents of the GOP bill.
McCain and Flake both voted against the Senate version of the AHC in 2017.
McCain, who has also opposed efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act, has also voiced concerns about the impact the AHLC would have on Medicaid.
McCaine also tweeted Tuesday that he doesn’t think the bill is “right.”
Sen.(Ariz.), the third most vulnerable Republican senator, has expressed concerns about how the AHBC would affect the state’s Medicaid program, which serves more than 17 million low-income residents.The