U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer says the Congressional Budget Office estimate on the House-passed version of a new health care law will matter little in the Senate.
That’s because she doesn’t anticipate the Senate taking up the House bill.
Fischer says the Senate plans to produce its own measure, not attempt to amend the House plan.
“So, that’s what I’m focused on,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call. “The House, they passed a bill. The CBO came out with the score, but I’m looking at what we can put together here in the Senate. I have some priorities that I would like to see in it, but we’re going to continue to work together and see what we can come up with.”
The CBO estimates 23 million more Americans would lose insurance by 2026 under the House plan and protections for people with preexisting conditions would be undermined.
Fischer expects the Senate to work on its own proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act.
“I’m working on a Senate bill,” Fischer says. “We aren’t going to be taking up the House bill here in the Senate. We’re going to be doing our own bill. That’s what I’m focused on.”
If the Senate takes up its own measure, it would undermine the strategy House leaders devised to push the bill through the Senate with a simple majority vote, rather than the increasingly normal 60-vote threshold.