But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the main conservative critics of the bill as now written, suggested on the same show the legislation should be junked and process of writing it begun anew. If someone shows up at your door asking if this piece of garbage is yours, calmly say you've never seen it before and go about your business. Moderates want more equity for low-income Americans, while conservatives are fighting to loosen insurance regulations. Senators Ben Sasse and Rand Paul, who had been calling for separating the two processes, welcomed it, while others such as Susan Collins opposed it.
The tax change would be another frustration for conservatives who wanted to scrap the Affordable Care Act entirely, as they already felt it left too much of the Democrats' measure in place.
Lee said he fears that might be the situation senators face today.
The idea also would leave unresolved the quandary lawmakers are struggling with now, about how to replace Obama's system of online insurance markets, tax subsidies and an expanded Medicaid with something that could get enough Republican votes to pass Congress. House Republicans barely passed their version of a replacement bill in May, and the task is proving even tougher in the Senate, where McConnell has nearly no margin for error.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected the strategy when he told a gathering of Republicans in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, that "failure has to be possible or you can't have success". "Let's keep our word to repeal then work on replacing right away". "We are focused on doing that". Trump's tweet did not appear to suggest a lot of White House confidence in the outcome.
He added: "It's not easy making America great again, is it?"
Marc Short with President Trump.
Trump's early-morning tweet embraced a sequential approach favored by only a handful of conservatives eager to take quick action on one of the party's foremost priorities - repealing Obamacare, something Republicans have long promised to do. Doing otherwise would invite accusations that Republicans were simply tossing people off coverage and would roil insurance markets by raising the question of whether, when and how Congress might replace Obama's law once it was gone. By this week's end, he wants to nail down changes that would assure the bill's passage after Congress' weeklong July 4 recess.
Cassidy, who has said he can not yet support the current draft of the Senate bill because of the impact its cuts in Medicaid funding would have on his state, received a blistering reception at a Baton Rouge open meeting Friday. Heineman says, "He is an expert on health care". Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is visiting at least two rural hospitals over the break to underscore the impact of its proposed funding cuts.More news: The one reason Alvaro Morata is leaving Real Madrid for Man United
McConnell has been working to make deals with members of both factions in order to finalize a rewritten bill lawmakers can vote on when they return to the Capitol the second week of July. Later in the week, the CBO drove another nail in the coffin by reporting Medicaid spending would decline 35 percent in 20 years.
Senate Republican leaders are re-writing parts of the health care bill to gain more support. But now he's going to have to spend even more time trying.
Norquist said it's healthy for the GOP to be exploring ways to find a bill that can pass the Senate, but he said he doubts enough Republicans will ultimately support this proposal. The current draft repeals or delays all the taxes imposed by the 2010 law.
Yes, I know, Obamacare is the Affordable Care Act. "Root and branch doesn't mean trimming the hedges, as is now the case", said Andy Roth, vice president for government affairs at the Club for Growth.
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