U.S. Sen. Richard Burr said Thursday he doesn’t expect the Senate to agree on a comprehensive plan to repeal and replace Obamacare by the end of the year.
“It’s unlikely that we will get a health care deal,” Burr said in an interview with WXII 12 News, “which means that most of my time has been spent trying to figure out solutions to Iowa losing all of its insurers, to Tennessee potentially losing theirs, to North Carolina having one insurer in 95 out of 100 counties, and things that we can bring to the table that both aid the exchange market or transition it to something that is life after the Affordable Care Act.”
In 95 counties, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is the only insurer offering federally-subsidized plans through the Affordable Care Act. The other five counties have two insurers, Blue Cross and Cigna.
Burr, the Republican chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said the America Health Care Act the House passed is “dead on arrival” in the Senate and “it’s not a good plan.”
In May, Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis told a conservative group in downtown Raleigh that he and his colleagues in the Senate would wait for a nonpartisan financial analysis of the health bill to be released, but that they would work to address needed changes to the House version of the bill.
“I’m confident we’re going to get a bill to the president’s desk,” Tillis said at the time.