The House Republican conference voted Tuesday to move ahead with the first test for the ObamaCare healthcare law, which is expected to take about two months to implement.
The House Republican leadership, which has been largely silent on the healthcare plan’s implementation, approved the bill late Tuesday evening in the hopes of garnering support from moderates and conservatives for a vote.
But the bill faces a difficult test in the Senate, where a key vote in the coming weeks is crucial for passing the measure.
The Senate is expected this week to vote on whether to pass a bill that could end up repealing ObamaCare and replacing it with a more conservative plan that would also be more conservative.
A handful of GOP senators, including Sens.
Rand Paul (Ky.), Ted Cruz (Tex.) and Mike Lee (Utah), have signaled that they will not support the bill.
Paul said Tuesday that he would not vote for the legislation if it fails to advance.
“I will be voting against it,” Paul told reporters.
“I will not vote to repeal ObamaCare.”
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Sen. Rand Feingold (D-Wis.) have indicated that they would not support it.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R, Wis.) told reporters that the bill would be “very problematic” and said the House should “make the decision” whether to proceed.
“It’s very difficult,” Johnson said.
“The question is what are we going to do with this bill, and we’re not going to make the decision until after the election.
It’s very hard to do.”
The Senate could still move forward with a version of the bill that has some minor tweaks.
The latest version of House legislation would also create a new regulatory agency that would oversee the ObamaCare insurance marketplaces, but those changes are expected to be incorporated into the bill as it moves through the Senate.
Republicans have said the Senate bill would not include enough protections for Americans who purchase coverage in the individual market, and they have said that it would also leave millions of Americans without health insurance.
A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that nearly one-third of Americans surveyed say they are more likely to be dissatisfied with the ObamaCare marketplace than dissatisfied with insurance in the current marketplaces.