Obamacare: Donald Trump urges Republicans to come through with healthcare bill replacement

Henrietta Strickland
July 24, 2017

The repeal and replace bill crafted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would leave 22 million Americans without health insurance coverage by 2026, the nonpartisan US Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short says it's not "too little, too late" when it comes to reviving the Republican health care bill.

It's full-steam ahead on health-care reform for President Trump, even if the U.S. Senate can't seem to get its act together. "It's hard to predict what the final product will look like", the aide said.

Senate Republicans are now considering two versions of similar legislation, one that would repeal and replace, and another that would simply repeal Obamacare with a two-year delay to give the Senate more time to agree on a replacement.

At the start of the week, Trump tweeted, "Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate".

Trump has never been completely engaged with the health care repeal-and-replace efforts after his initial foray with House members in April failed.

"We can repeal but we also should replace", Trump said before scolding Republican lawmakers who had delayed their scheduled August recess in order to vote on McConnell's Better Care Reconciliation Act.

Almost three-fourths of the difference in coverage between Obamacare and the various GOP plans derives from a single feature of the Republican bills: their repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate. It includes one major difference from the bill for a new health care system which the Senate just rejected: senators will be able to offer changes. He told The Hill he'll "make it a habit" not to visit the White House while his committee is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The conservative PAC says it "has issued a key vote in support of the motion to proceed, which we will triple-weight on our 2017 Congressional Scorecard, to begin the amendment process, starting with the 2015 ObamaCare repeal bill as the base text". Dean Heller, R-Nev., who was sitting next to him, and said, "Look, he wants to remain a senator, doesn't he?"

With Democrats united in opposition to repeal, Mr McConnell can only lose two votes from his 52-48 majority in the 100-seat Senate to pass healthcare legislation.

With no significant legislative successes in the months since the elections, Republicans are anxious to show that with control of the White House and majorities in both houses of Congress, they can get on with their agenda - a key component of which has always been rolling back President Obama's signature health care law. Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that GOP senators "MUST keep their promise to America!" The Dems scream death as OCare dies!

Dining on rib-eye steak and peach cobbler with a group of senators, President Donald Trump was cautiously optimistic that Republican efforts to overhaul Obamacare were in good shape. He has invited Republican senators to the White House to discuss a path forward. During last year's presidential campaign he had declared repeatedly it would be "so easy" to get rid of the Obama law.

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