Published: Mon, July 03, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Trump backs repealing 'Obamacare' now, replacing it later

Trump backs repealing 'Obamacare' now, replacing it later

The White House said later that Trump was still "fully committed" to pushing the Republican draft healthcare bill through the Senate, although it was looking at every option for repealing and replacing Obamacare.

There was mixed response to Trump's suggestion.

On Friday, Republican Senator Ben Sasse who had suggested that Congress first repeal Obamacare and then replace it, tweeted: "Glad you agree, Mr. Pres". But some of the high-ranking Republicans who have been working on the legislation rejected it as impractical, noting that it might force them to fashion a substitute with Democrats.

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

Paul pushed the Senate for a clean repeal. Surely, the GOP would not want to wait until repeal to sit down to the hard work of replacement.

"Republicans ran on repeal and on replace. We are focused on doing that".

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!"

"It's not easy making American great again, is it?" he added. Congressional Republicans had considered earlier this year first repealing, then replacing Obamacare, but backed away after some lawmakers protested that that approach could create a gap in insurance coverage for millions.

Marc Short with President Trump.

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The repeal bill now enjoys a 15% approval rating even amongst those who voted for Trump. It would penalize people for not buying insurance. By this week's end, he wants to nail down changes that would assure the bill's passage after Congress' weeklong July 4 recess.

Most GOP senators were keeping their plans close to their vests, though a handful, including Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Ted Cruz of Texas, Susan Collins of Maine, Jerry Moran of Kansas and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have announced either town hall-style meetings or parade visits.

But if the Senate can not accomplish a simultaneous repeal and replace, he said legislators can not "walk away".

"If you wish to chant and stop others from being able to speak or be heard, that is not civil", Cassidy retorted.

Next week the most senators will be in their home states. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is visiting at least two rural hospitals over the break to underscore the impact of its proposed funding cuts. Later in the week, the CBO drove another nail in the coffin by reporting Medicaid spending would decline 35 percent in 20 years.

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.

The split between the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare gave Republican leaders a large opportunity: They were in a flawless position to define Obamacare however they liked, and most Republicans (except for a handful of true ideologues and a perhaps larger handful of contrarians) would go along.

"The message is that they're trying to find more money to throw at the problem", says Dan Holler, Heritage Action's vice president. A majority of Senate and House Republicans approved a measure just like that in the twilight of the Obama administration, but it was vetoed by the former president in January 2016.

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