To replace Obamacare, GOP tries a meaner version of Obamacare

To replace Obamacare, GOP tries a meaner version of Obamacare

Last week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled the Senate's health-care bill from consideration amid opposition from both conservative and moderate Republicans.

Congressional Republicans' latest last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare looks quite a bit like Obamacare, only meaner. The health care plan is heavily criticized being mostly a set of tax cuts for the wealthy payed for through gutting Medicaid.

President Trump last week tweeted that if Republicans senators are not able to pass the healthcare bill they are working on now, "they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date".

Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, said the lawmaker would not support the strategy. There is, but it's one over the fundamental responsibility of government to enable (almost) everyone to have some sort of health coverage, be it private insurance, public insurance or some mix of the two. Support for the overhaul is in the single digits among Democrats, but several polls show independents and Republicans also remarkably uneasy, with total support among all respondents languishing somewhere between about 12 and 27 percent.

While it is unclear what specifically prompted Trump's tweet, an aide to Sasse said that the senator had discussed the idea of a straight repeal privately with White House officials in recent days.

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.

GOP Sens. David Perdue of Georgia, Steve Daines of Montana, Joni Ernst of Iowa, John Kennedy of Louisiana, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Mike Lee of Utah, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Luther Strange of Alabama, Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Thom Tillis of North Carolina sent McConnell a letter Friday asking him to either shorten or cancel the monthlong August recess so they can get more done.

It is time for Americans to come together to do what is best for the country.

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Paul, who re-tweeted Trump on Friday morning, later fired off a second tweet saying he had spoken to Trump and the Senate GOP leadership "about this and agree". The president ran on repeal and replace.

Marc Short, Trump's director of legislative affairs, appearing on Fox News Sunday, said: "Our preference is to pass the bill the Senate has right now. We are focused on doing that".

McConnell told reporters after an event Friday in his home state of Kentucky that the current health care bill remains challenging but "we are going to stick with that path". "We are going to see what we are going to do", Trump said.

The comment seemingly contradicted what Mr. Trump previously said.

In remarks on Fox News Sunday, the Kentucky Republican said he favors two bills to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

"If we passed a measure of repealing ObamaCare. with the understanding that at that point after passing the repeal measure, we would undertake a step-by-step process of designing what comes next, I think it's easier".

In May, the CBO said the House version of healthcare reform, which was squeezed through the lower chamber and celebrated in the White House rose garden, would leave 23m people without insurance in the same timeframe.

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