Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said Thursday that he doesn't think the Senate will be able reach a deal on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
"It's unlikely that we will get a healthcare deal," Burr said on WXII 12 News, a local TV station in his home state.
He called the bill passed in the House, the American Health Care Act, "dead on arrival" in the Senate. A Congressional Budget Office projection of the legislation showed that 23 million more people would be uninsured in a decade if the bill were to become law. Centrist members of the Senate have said they are concerned about these outcomes, and a working group has been writing a separate bill during the Memorial Day recess.
"I don't see a comprehensive healthcare plan this year," Burr said. His focus, he said, would be to find solutions in states that were facing few health insurance options next year.
Republicans cannot lose more than two votes to get the 50 votes needed for passage under reconciliation rules in the Senate, and even in that case, Vice President Pence would need to cast the tie-breaking vote.