Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., lamented Thursday the push for Republicans to pass a healthcare reform package is starting to feel like "how Obamacare came together," referring to negotiations and potential backroom deals with individual senators in an effort to win their votes.
Corker made the remarks to reporters at the Capitol on Thursday after Senate Republican leadership announced they would try to revive the Better Care Reconciliation Act after a meeting with President Trump at the White House. GOP senators held meetings on healthcare well into Wednesday night."I'm going to vote for the motion to proceed and anything Mitch decides to proceed to, okay? But I'm becoming concerned that it's starting to feel like a bazaar," Corker said. "It's starting to feel like there's a lack of coherency in what we're doing. It's almost becoming a bidding process. You know, 'let's throw $50 billion, let's throw $100 billion here.'"
"Again, it may right itself, but it's making me uncomfortable right now. It's beginning to feel a lot like how Obamacare came together, if you want to know the truth, where it felt like they were bidding with various people to get them on board, but maybe there was a lack of coherence," Corker continued. "Obviously ... we can see the result of what was being done."
"Again, I'm not being critical, I just — the process is beginning to make me really, really uncomfortable," Corker said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is looking to win over senators from Medicaid expansion states, including Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Dean Heller, R-Nev. Meetings continued into Thursday with a lunch at the Capitol on the issue.