White House to Senate: Pass health bill now or else

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 2, 2017

He said the Senate should not move on to other issues after Obamacare repeal legislation failed on the floor last week, and instead keep trying. Mulvaney argued against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's statement that it is time to move on, saying on CNN that senators "need to stay, they need to work, they need to pass something".

Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who was one of three Republican senators voting against the GOP health bill on Friday, said she's troubled by Trump's suggestions that the insurance payments are a "bailout".

Mulvaney reiterated Trump's Saturday tweets saying that Obamacare is hurting Americans and he intends to threaten the insurance industry by withholding payments for those lower income Americans on subsidies.

"They need to stay, they need to work, and they need to pass something", he said.

White House budge director Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday that it's the White House's official position that the Senate should not hold a vote on any other issue, even time sensitive ones like raising the debt ceiling, until they move forward with Obamacare repeal.

But the White House doesn't seem ready to give up just yet. Trump tweeted Saturday, July 29 about his disappointments, particularly with Chin.

Republican, Democratic and even bipartisan plans for reshaping parts of the Obama health care law are proliferating in Congress.

Cassidy's meeting comes after Trump met with Sen.

The lawmakers spoke after last week's stunning crash of the GOP's drive to tear down President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law and replace it with their vision of more limited federal programs. But they have iffy prospects at best.

President Donald Trump spent the weekend insisting that the Senate vote anew on upending that law.

Asked if it was White House policy that nothing should be voted on in Congress until the Senate votes again on health care, Mulvaney said: "well, think - yes".

On health care last week, Republican defections led to the Senate decisively rejecting one proposal to simply erase much of Obama's statute.

Republicans can push something through the Senate with 50 votes because Vice President Mike Pence can cast a tie-breaking vote. GOP Sen. John McCain went home to Arizona for cancer treatments.

Those payments to insurers have some bipartisan support because many experts say failing to continue them - or even the threat of doing so - is prompting insurers to raise prices and abandon some markets. She tells "Fox News Sunday" that Trump will make a decision soon on whether to end the insurance payments. Trump reportedly pushed his aides to find a solution to the GOP's problems repealing Obamacare, and sees the Cassidy-Graham proposal as a potential solution.

Rather than resuming its health care debate, the Senate began considering a judicial nomination Monday.

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