A number of Republicans indicated to a Fox News reporter that they might be willing to surrender to Democrats on funding for Planned Parenthood if it means that the GOP could repeal and replace Obamacare.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives already passed its version of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, known as the American Health Care Act. Now it's up to the Republican-led Senate to pass some form of health care legislation, but just as in the House, getting both conservative and moderate Republicans on board with the same bill could be a challenge.
The House narrowly passed the AHCA in May by a vote of 217-213. Twenty Republicans joined Democrats in opposing the bill. The House bill withdrew federal funds from Planned Parenthood directly but gave states the option of giving federally allocated monies to the abortion provider.
But Senate Republicans appear more likely to directly fund Planned Parenthood. According to Fox News reporter Chad Pergram, some Senate Republicans indicated that they would "be willing to 'give' on social issues like abortion if it meant they could pass health care."
Some conservative GOP sens tell Fox they'd be willing to "give" on social issues like abortion if it meant they could pass health care bill— Chad Pergram (@Chad Pergram)1497313078.0
Fox News also reported Monday that Senate Republicans have sent the Congressional Budget Office various proposals on health care for official scoring to determine its cost and the impact it would have on the health insurance market. However, Fox News reported, the GOP has yet to submit its full bill to the CBO. It's unclear what the full bill contains since Republicans have reportedly refused to release the current draft, according to the New York Daily News.
One Republican aide on Capitol Hill reportedly told Axios of the decision not to release the current draft: "We're not stupid."
The Daily News reported that it could take up to two weeks to get a Congressional Budget Office score.
Senate Republican leaders reportedly hope to move some form of health care legislation out of the upper chamber before the July 4 recess, according to Business Insider.