The Senate healthcare bill had a rocky rollout on Thursday as Republican senators complained it doesn’t do enough to repeal ObamaCare or lower healthcare costs.
The blowback raised doubts over whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will be able to stick to his aggressive schedule of voting on the proposal next week.
Senate Republicans control 52 seats and can only afford two defections, as every Democrat is expected to vote no.
As of now, McConnell is at least two votes short of a majority — and maybe more.
Four conservative Republican senators, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Lee (Utah), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Ron Johnson (Wis.), released a statement Thursday afternoon announcing they don’t support the legislation, though they are open to negotiation.