President makes belated push on health care bill

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 24, 2017

Almost all of today's current Republican senators voted for the 2015 bill.

Almost three out of four voters want Republicans in Congress to embrace an unlikely solution to the health care crisis if they can't agree with the White House on a fix for the Obamacare crisis: Sit down with Democrats. And no one offered specific examples of any progress.

Short says there was "a general enthusiasm" in the room for recognizing that reforming health care "is not something we can walk away from".

Short spoke after Trump hosted Senate Republicans for lunch for more than an hour-and-a-half Wednesday.

Also attending Wednesday's private meeting were health secretary Tom Price and Seema Verma, the Medicaid and Medicare administrator. John McCain is in Arizona dealing with brain cancer, while Democrats are standing united in opposition.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had planned to hold a straight repeal vote next week but several Republican senators have already said they oppose that approach. During last year's presidential campaign he had declared repeatedly it would be "so easy" to get rid of the Obama law.

"This is more than just a health care debate", said Sen. In a purely punitive move, the president hosted Senate Republicans for their second meal at the White House this week - an event meant to publicly shame those who expressed dissent. People will die and that's on President Trump and every Republican legislator.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted and told reporters he wanted to keep Obamacare in place but let it fail.

The Republican Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act will result in an extra 32 million more uninsured people and higher premiums, an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation released Wednesday says.

Seated next to Nevada Sen. I think we all agree it's better to both repeal and replace, but we could have a vote on either.

If President Trump cannot get Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, then other major components of Trump's legislative agenda could be in jeopardy.

The unfavorable report from by the nonpartisan office arrived as Republicans are scrambling to pass any kind of health care legislation, whether by replacing Obamacare entirely or by repealing its key components.

He emphasized the repeal legislation is "fully amendable" and, if it passes without amendment, it includes a two-year delay before implementation. Nearly immediately after he released a second version of the legislation, Senators Susan Collins of ME, a moderate, and Rand Paul of Kentucky, a conservative, said they would vote against beginning debate on the measure.

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.

While that bill - originally introduced in the House by current Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price - only received one "no" vote from Senate Republicans at the time, lawmakers knew they didn't have to seriously consider the ramifications of passing the bill.

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