He suggested the House would “get back together in enough time, send another provision not to shut the government down, but to fund it, and it will have a few other options in there for the Senate to look at again.”
McCarthy said the House would not relent on demands for “fundamental changes into ‘Obamacare’ that can protect the economy.”
Republicans said the law was costing jobs and driving up costs.
“The American people overwhelmingly reject ‘Obamacare,’” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. “They understand it’s not working. The only people who aren’t listening to the argument are the career politicians in Washington. It’s Harry Reid who wants to use brute political force.”
Obama has said he won’t let the law, his chief domestic achievement, be gutted. Democrats say Republicans are obsessed with attacking the overhaul, which is aimed at providing health coverage for millions of uninsured Americans, and the president.
The House bill did contain new concessions from Republicans, who have criticized the requirements imposed on insurers.
They said their measure would leave intact most parts of the law that have taken effect, including requiring insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions and to let families’ plans cover children up to age 26.
An exception: Insurers would be allowed to deny contraception coverage based on religious or moral objections.
But it would delay a requirement for people to purchase coverage or face a penalty, and the creation of marketplaces, which are supposed to start functioning this Tuesday, where people could shop for coverage from private insurers.
McCarthy and Kaine were on “Fox News Sunday,” while Cruz appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”