Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a former state insurance commissioner, urged his colleagues not to repeal the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, but to instead work on a bipartisan fix.
Nelson’s comments on the floor came before Senate Republicans approved a measure that would advance floor debate on the repeal-and-replace proposal.
Gov. Rick Scott is in Washington, D.C. today, meeting with Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, as he crusades to cut taxes from the Affordable Care Act.
Scott is to meet “with Congressional leaders to provide input on how to make the Senate’s healthcare bill better for Floridians,” the governor’s office announced Tuesday morning.
Scott will appear on FoxNews at 10:30 a.m., before holding a press conference in the Russell Senate Office Building at 12:40 p.m. today.
Scott, a former hospital executive who is expected to run for the U.S. Senate next year, announced Friday he intended to make the rounds in Washington to provide input on how to make the bill better.
“There seems to be a lot of people advocating for more government and higher costs in Washington and not a lot of people advocating on behalf of taxpayers,” Scott said in a release.
Congressional leaders seeking to replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law want to repeal taxes imposed to pay for the plan. The Senate plan, as with a House proposal, would provide about $1 trillion in tax cuts that would go to corporations and high earners.
A report from the Congressional Budget Office released on Monday estimated the Republican-crafted U.S. Senate plan released last Thursday would leave 22 million individuals without health coverage by 2026.