(CNSNews.com) - "We are proud of the bill we passed," House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told a news conference on Tuesday. And now it's the Senate's turn: "We'd like to see the Senate move on something," he said.
As you well know, the legislative process, for it to work, the House has to pass a bill. We've done that. The Senate's got to pass a bill for us to even move the process forward. That's the next step. So, we're hoping that they can achieve that next step so that we can bring real relief.
Here's the problem. Obamacare is in the middle of a tailspin. This law is collapsing. So we've got a promise to keep.
Ryan noted that 41 percent of the counties in America have one health insurer; many have no insurer at all. Premiums have doubled, and options are disappearing.
"And so we're hopeful that the Senate can take the pause that they need to take and move forward on this issue."
Ryan said he's worried that Obamacare will stand, the law will continue to collapse, and people will get hurt in the process.
Ryan also noted that Senate Republicans have a “razor-thin” majority. “It’s a 52-seat majority and in reconciliation, you need 50 votes.”
As CNSNews.com reported, President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged the Senate to do away with the filibuster, tweeting: "The Senate must go to a 51 vote majority instead of current 60 votes. Even parts of full Repeal need 60. 8 Dems control Senate. Crazy!"
As for working with Democrats, Ryan said they “do not want to get us off of the Obamacare train."
“They want to double down on a failed system that is in the middle of a collapse. And ultimately, it’s very clear that they’re more interested in a single-payer system, which means government-run health care. Government run health care is not in our nation’s interest," Ryan said.
Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Senate must “continue to push forward” on a repeal and replace plan.
“We will now try a different way to bring the American people relief from Obamacare. I think we owe then at least that much.”
McConnell said the Senate will now try to vote on a full repeal of Obamacare “with a stable two-year transition period as we work toward patient-centered health care.”