Amid delays in bringing a Republican health-care bill to the Senate floor, a White House official said Sunday that the administration considers separating the repeal and replace components of abolishing Obamacare as an "option". Last January, even before taking office, Trump insisted that repeal and replace legislation be approved nearly simultaneously - within hours or days of each other - despite a preference by many congressional leaders to pass repeal legislation but postpone its effective date for a year or more while a new approach is developed.
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". Everyone knew that this would be a tough vote; changing the entire health care system, even if people don't love the status quo, is extremely hard.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., principal author of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, had hoped to jam through a vote on the measure before Congress left for the holiday recess. When compromise legislation didn't emerge before the Independence Day recess, Trump promoted the idea that the process could be split up.
It could be that President Trump paid attention as soon afterwards he sent out a tweet today that stated "If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date". Congressional Republicans had considered earlier this year first repealing, then replacing Obamacare, but backed away after some lawmakers protested that that approach could create a gap in insurance coverage for millions.
Conservatives complain that McConnell's bill doesn't go far enough in repealing President Barack Obama's health care law.
Ten Republican Senators say they need more time to work on the Senate's healthcare bill.
"We want to see some results.' And I can't say anything other than, 'I agree with you, ' but it's not easy, and we are going to continue to wrestle this and try to get it done". "So right now, this bill, which is not a repeal, has become the kitchen sink".
Most GOP senators were keeping their plans close to their vests, though a handful, including Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Ted Cruz of Texas, Susan Collins of Maine, Jerry Moran of Kansas and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have announced either town hall-style meetings or parade visits.
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. "They'll throw big high numbers but they won't understand what the impact is on the program".
Now, Republicans have to figure out if there's a version of Obamacare repeal that can find 50 supportive senators - a balancing act between moderates looking to keep more of the social safety net in place and conservatives looking to reduce the role of government in health care. "Let's do it in full public view". At the same time, a key House Republican, Rep. Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, rejected Trump's suggestion, contending that it "doesn't achieve what President Trump set out to do".
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