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Kennedy says it's time to vote on health care

1 week 4 days 18 hours ago Tuesday, July 11 2017 Jul 11, 2017 July 11, 2017 8:25 PM July 11, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. John Kennedy says if he thinks the Senate GOP health care bill being negotiated behind the scenes is even a modest improvement over current law, he'll support it.

Kennedy responded Tuesday to Senate Republican leaders' announcement that a reworked health care bill will be introduced Thursday, with a vote expected next week.

Louisiana's newest senator didn't stake out a position on the first draft of the Senate bill and says he's not sure if he'll support the next draft because he hasn't seen it.

But Kennedy backs scheduling a vote on health care and estimates a 50/50 chance the Senate could pass legislation next week. If nothing passes, Kennedy says senators can return to the issue another time: "It's not going to be the end of western civilization."

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