Senate Republicans are considering striking at Obamacare's Medicaid expansion, in part to convince a trio of conservatives to support an underlying bill that would repeal major parts of the president's healthcare law.
Congressional aides say Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will present a revised version of a bill repealing some parts of President Obama's healthcare law to Republicans in hopes of winning over Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida and Mike Lee of Utah.
The three senators had previously indicated they would vote against the bill because it repealed only parts of the Affordable Care Act, throwing into question whether there would be 51 votes to pass it. Senate Republicans are applying special budget rules to the legislation that make it passable by a simple majority instead of the typical 60 votes.
If the Senate adds Medicaid expansion repeal to the bill, it would have to go back to the House for another passage before being sent to President Obama, who is certain to veto it. Republicans view the bill as a way to express their dislike of the healthcare law heading into the 2016 elections.