GOP Still Struggles to Sell Health Care, Heading Into Critical Week
Low approval ratings have plagued the GOP’s health care bill throughout the party’s effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The reasons: A secretive process that ignored public input, a disengaged president who hasn’t energized his base, and the task of selling a bill its own party can’t get behind.
The Senate will get to work again this week to settle differences over the legislation, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act, with the goal of holding a vote next week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to postpone a vote he had planned to hold before the July 4th recess due to a lack of votes.
Selling it is unlikely to get any easier after many members of Congress spent the past week in their home states, listening to — and in some cases avoiding — voters who have concerns about the legislation.