Republican leaders last week cleared a major hurdle in their pledge to undo the Affordable Care Act, but they still have miles to go before they can declare outright victory.
Senate GOP leaders immediately tempered any enthusiasm that may have burgeoned after the House's narrow 217-213 approval of the American Health Care Act by cautioning that they will significantly overhaul the package, if not write their own version.
"As we work to fulfill our promise to our constituents to repeal and replace the law in the Senate, we will be guided by the important principles to address costs and give American families more choices," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said in a statement. "At the same time, we will be working to put together a package that reflects our member's priorities with the explicit goal of getting 51 votes. Coupled with the constraints imposed by the budget reconciliation process, we must manage expectations and remain focused on the art of the doable as we move forward."