Trump backs repealing 'Obamacare' now, replacing it later

03 Июля, 2017, 02:00 | Author: Clint Gray
  • Trump urges GOP Senators to repeal Obamacare immediately, then replace

On broad grounds, it's a test of whether the party's commitment to a conservative approach to taxes can withstand a collision with political reality - as well as with a conservative economic populism that found new footing with the candidacy of President Trump.

The repeal bill now enjoys a 15% approval rating even amongst those who voted for Trump.

As I said, the argument is to a large extent over, although whether people will actually have available, affordable coverage is up in the air whether the Republican plan passes or not. "We are getting very close". 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's desperate effort to win GOP consensus around his plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was rattled once again on Friday when Trump helped revive an old idea he previously rejected to repeal Obamacare now and then replace it down the road. When compromise legislation didn't emerge before the Independence Day recess, Trump promoted the idea that the process could be split up.

"If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date", Trump tweeted Friday morning. Surely, the GOP would not want to wait until repeal to sit down to the hard work of replacement.

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.

If Mitch McConnell believed anything about the health care bill, it was that the Senate needed to vote on it before they left for a scheduled July 4 recess.

But it's not clear if they will succeed by the time the Senate returns to work.

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Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, said the lawmaker would not support the strategy.

"Now, there are Republicans getting so weak-kneed they are saying, oh, we are afraid to repeal the taxes", Paul said.

"The moderates won't vote for a repeal, a clean repeal, unless they have some other bill going on simultaneously", Paul said on Fox. "You can have a simultaneous bill or a concurrent bill that they can call replace and that I think, perhaps if it's big spending, they could probably get Democrats to go along with big spending".

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts has stated he favors the current bill while the Junior Senator from Kansas Jerry Moran does not.

Kasich, who expanded Medicaid and vetoed a provision in his state budget on Friday that would have frozen enrollment in the program starting next year, called the proposed spending "anemic" and said it won't address the problem the way Medicaid coverage can.

"The fact of the matter is that he can do more than one thing at a time", Price snapped in response to a question by NBC's Chuck Todd. By comparison, the CBO predicted that 22 million people would lose health care if the latest version of the Republican bill to replace Obamacare were passed by the Senate.

"Let's bring everybody into the room".

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