He tweeted Thursday that the bill “should be viewed with caution” because it was “finalized yesterday” and “has not been scored.”
A bill — finalized yesterday, has not been scored, amendments not allowed, and 3 hours final debate — should be viewed with caution.
GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio said in a statement that he supports changes to the health-care system, but they “must be made in a way that does not leave people behind,” according to NBC News.
“I’ve already made clear that I don’t support the House bill as currently
Republicans can afford only two defections to pass a bill, assuming all the Democrats and the two independents in the Senate oppose it.
Assuming the bill passes the Senate, it would return in whatever modified form to the House for a vote.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that the bill will go “nowhere fast” in the Senate. He urged Senate Republicans to “refuse to follow their colleagues over a cliff,” and to help Democrats fix the current system rather than repeal Obamacare.
A CBO score on the amended House plan could come next week.
Watch: Health care bill passes House, heads to Senate