Short Says Repealing Obamacare With Later Replacement an Option

Posted July 03, 2017

McConnell had hoped to close the deal on Friday by offering a raft of sweeteners to conservatives and moderates alike, yet congressional Republicans departed for the week-long holiday no closer to a final agreement.

In January, Paul seemed to warn about the exact dangers that he's now advocating, particularly the political dangers to repealing Obamacare without a follow-through plan to replace it.

Sasse said it's time for lawmakers to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

"The president's held multiple meetings within the White House itself", Price added, "with physicians, with small-business groups, with other folks who have been harmed by Obamacare, with patients, individual stakeholders from across this land who tell him and have told us repeatedly that the current system is collapsing".

During the campaign, he vowed to protect Medicaid, refrain from giving the wealthy more tax cuts and even to provide care for "everyone" - promises that neither the House nor Senate health care bills would keep.

Conservatives complain that McConnell's bill doesn't go far enough in repealing President Barack Obama's health care law. "It doesn't have the votes, and it's a waste of valuable time to discuss it".

Republicans have been talking about repealing Obamacare's taxes since before the bill be became law. "So I mean the bill is just being lit up like a Christmas tree full of billion dollar ornaments, and it's not repeal".

Paul, who re-tweeted Trump on Friday morning, later fired off a second tweet saying he had spoken to Trump and the Senate GOP leadership "about this and agree".

Trump urges GOP Senators to repeal Obamacare immediately, then replace

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

White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump did not see July 10 as a deadline to pass legislation.

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". "We think that helps solve numerous problems that America faces".

On NBC's Meet the Press, health and human services secretary Tom Price was asked if the president's tweeting was getting in the way of the legislative effort. Well we got a Republican president and we are now 150 days into the administration and it hasn't happened. "Conversations are ongoing as we speak, so we look forward hopefully them coming back after this Fourth of July recess and getting the work done".

But they have not settled on how they would finance all these changes, since conservatives oppose the centrists' push to preserve one of the bill's current taxes as a way of funneling more money to those who can not afford health coverage on their own.

"McConnell's trying to achieve a 50-vote Venn diagram between some very competing factions", said Rodney Whitlock, a veteran health policy expert who worked as a Senate GOP aide during passage of the Democrats' Affordable Care Act.

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