This file photo shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., and GOP lawmakers, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and
This file photo shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., and GOP lawmakers, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, talking to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington after a Republican caucus meeting. Both the Senate and a House version of the veteran's health care bill, both passed this week, would dramatically expand government-paid health care, and require the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay private providers to treat veterans who can t get prompt appointments at VA hospitals and clinics. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the Senate bill ultimately could cost about $50 billion a year _ double current spending. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)