GOP senators are planning to hold a retreat on the healthcare overhaul after the Senate failed to pass a replacement bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that Republicans would hold a conference call Thursday to discuss the issue.
McConnell said the senators are discussing the options that would be offered and the impact on the Senate, which is expected to meet again Wednesday to vote on a replacement.
He said the vote could come as early as Thursday.
The Senate failed Friday to pass an alternative to the House’s healthcare bill, which was meant to fix many of the problems with the law and create insurance coverage for more people.
McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has vowed to get a replacement through the House by the end of the year.
Aides said the Senate is working on a new healthcare plan but was not offering specifics.
The White House said Monday it has spoken to McConnell, but declined to say what their conversation had been.
The Trump administration has been pressing Republicans to move quickly on the repeal bill, and has made it clear that the White House will not support a repeal bill that does not include a replacement plan.
It’s unclear whether the White, Senate and House sides will come to a consensus on what the replacement plan should look like.
Democrats have been working to make the healthcare law’s replacement a part of the package, arguing that repealing the law would lead to a catastrophic rollback.
The House passed its healthcare bill last month, but it failed to advance to a vote on the House version of the bill because the Senate passed a second version.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, said Monday he will introduce a replacement measure by Wednesday.
But McConnell said on Monday that he had spoken with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is expected on Wednesday to meet with Democratic leaders to discuss how to fix the bill.
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens to a question during a news conference at the Capitol on April 26, 2021.
(Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP)The two leaders have been in frequent contact and have held two meetings this week on how to pass the replacement bill, McConnell said.
The two sides have not yet settled on a final plan, he added.
The bill passed the House on Friday and the Senate on Monday.
McConnell said that Republicans were “working very hard to get the bill passed.”
He said there were three options that were discussed and that they were still in the planning stage.
“The Senate is continuing to negotiate, working on the replacement,” he said.
McConnell added that the Senate will vote on an ObamaCare repeal bill by the time the House returns to Washington in March.