Sen. Young will vote ‘yes’ to begin debate on health care, undecided on repeal now and replace later

WHITESTOWN, Ind. – At an event to ceremonially open an AmerisourceBergen distribution center in Whitestown Monday morning, Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) told CBS4 he will vote “yes” on a procedural vote expected as soon as Tuesday to begin debate on the health care vote.

But he remains undecided on whether he would support a move to immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act and work to replace it later.

“I want to get the specifics on the vote itself,” Young said. “My hope is we can move forward into debate and it’s unclear what substantive vehicle we’re going to be voting on, what exactly the bill’s going to look like. And we’ll learn more when we return to Washington.”

Young has become a key Republican vote in the process, who had reminded publicly undecided  on the most recent Senate version of the bill.

Monday afternoon, President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence publicly placed pressure on Senate Republicans during a White House event surrounded by what the administration calls "victims of Obamacare."

"Tomorrow the United States Senate will have the opportunity to begin the debate on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare," Pence said. "And as the president said this morning, after years of talking and campaigning on it, now is the time for Republicans in the Senate to act."

The pressure comes as it remains uncertain whether Senate Republicans have enough votes to even begin debate. And what comes after that, at this point, is up in the air too.

"We have a lot of work to get done," Young said Monday before returning to Washington." If that can't get done on a bipartisan basis, then we Republicans need to act, and so that's been long my position."

 

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