Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) said there is room to improve the healthcare bill on Sunday.
“There’s an awful lot that can be done to improve it,” Manchin told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
Manchin said that if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) does not have the votes to pass the legislation, then he should toss out the bill and allow bipartisan working groups to develop a new plan.
The Senate Republican leaders unveiled their bill on Thursday to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Manchin described the GOP health bill as “even worse” than the legislation passed last month by the House.
"I have repeatedly said we need to repair the health care bill, not repeal it," Manchin said in a statement. "We cannot go back to the days when millions of Americans were uninsured and nearly twenty percent of our GDP was spent on healthcare, while only being ranked 43rd in the world in health and wellness outcomes".
The bill needs at least 50 votes to pass all Democrats are expected to vote no, according toThe New York Times. Vice President Mike Pence could potentially cast a tie-breaking vote.