Shortly before his January inauguration, Trump urged lawmakers to repeal and replace Obamacare at the same time.
Trump immediately seized on the idea and tweeted, "If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!"
Republicans returned to their home districts late last week, bracing for a flood of phone calls, emails and television advertising from both conservative and liberal groups aimed at pressuring senators. Sen.
Trump's suggestion had the potential to harden divisions within the GOP as conservatives complain that McConnell's bill does not go far enough in repealing Obama's health care law while moderates criticize it as overly harsh in kicking people off insurance rolls, shrinking the Medicaid safety net and increasing premiums for older Americans.
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. But the tweet came amid continuing signs of GOP disagreement among moderates and conservatives over the bill. McConnell said late Friday.
Sen. Gardner should change his position on American health care if he wishes to remain in office, because I and millions of other citizens are, to borrow a line from the movie "Network", "mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!"
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. The other seeks to bolster health care subsidies for lower-income people, perhaps by preserving a tax boost on high earners. "I think you can get 52 Republicans for clean repeal".More news: Alabama base, Redstone Arsenal, on lockdown after reports of active shooter
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On "Fox and Friends" Friday, Republican Sen.
"We think that Leader McConnell and his senators within the Senate are working to try to get this piece of legislation on track", Price said.
Sasse can say he was suggesting this only if negotiation broke down, but now that becomes catnip for the right and reason to avoid any compromise. "Obamacare" is the most evil legislation in the history of the galaxy, featuring death panels and, well, the details get fuzzy after that, but it's definitely a disaster, one that absolutely must be fully and totally repealed. More money could then be reallocated to help low-income Americans pay for health insurance.
"If we can do a combined repeal and replace over the next week, that's great", Sasse said.
Health industry officials have warned that overturning the existing law, which has extended insurance to roughly 20 million Americans and changed the rules under which insurance is offered across the country, would create chaos in a sector that accounts for one-sixth of the US economy.
Keeping the tax, he said, would be a "tough red flag" if the bill goes back to the House. "If we can't, though, then there's no reason to walk away". 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".
Ohio Governor John Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate, said on ABC's "This Week" that repealing Obamacare without a replacement won't work because "you can't leave people without what they need".