Obamacare: Trump tweets repeal now, replace later

03 July, 2017, 01:54 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Healthcare Troubles

Even as McConnell worked behind-the-scenes to find a way to allay the concerns of conservatives, who didn't believe the bill went far enough to repeal Obamacare, and centrists, who anxious about Medicaid cuts and the 22 million more people who would be uninsured under the plan, Trump took to Twitter. Sasse said today that if McConnell fails to achieve agreement by July 10, then he should keep the Senate in session throughout the August recess to come up with a duel-track effort to first repeal and then replace Obamacare.

Conservatives said they opposed the idea, along with the chairmen of Congress' two tax-writing committees: Senate Finance chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and House Ways and Means chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.

GOP factionalism in the Senate will nearly certainly prevent coming to an agreement that could pass muster in the House.

On Thursday, Senate Republicans were considering breaking a stalemate over what their replacement bill should do by preserving a tax boost Obama's law imposed on high earners.

Senate Republican leaders are re-writing parts of the health care bill to gain more support. "It doesn't have the votes, and it's a waste of valuable time to discuss it".

"The moderates won't vote for a repeal, a clean repeal, unless they have some other bill going on simultaneously", Paul said on Fox.

Top Republicans also considered an amendment pushed by conservatives to let insurers offer plans with low premiums and scant benefits.

"The bill is just being lit up like a Christmas tree full of billion-dollar ornaments, and it's not repeal". The caucus' moderates have balked at a measure that - according to the Congressional Budget Office - would provide massive tax relief to the wealthy while leaving 22 million fewer people with insurance.


Trump subsequently anointed McConnell's Senate version as much better and more humane.

President Trump last week tweeted that if Republicans senators are not able to pass the healthcare bill they are working on now, "they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date".

Marc Short, the White House legislative affairs director, told Fox News Sunday Trump was spending the weekend making calls to lawmakers to "get the Senate package across the finish line".

Price also defended Trump's commitment to passing a new health care law despite his latest spate of attacks on the news media, especially MSNBC "Morning Joe" host's Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. "This is how sequester happened, because we thought we could fix the problem and never did".

As it stands, the Senate bill isn't where it needs to be for Republicans to get excited and get it passed.

On Tuesday, a revolt of republican senators has forced the majority to postpone to July, the debates and votes scheduled for this week.

The fact that party leadership chose to ignore input from even one woman or person of color shows how much they are concerned about representing everyone.

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