GOP not where it needs to be on health bill

Trump urges GOP Senators to repeal Obamacare immediately, then replace

This is exactly what McConnell was trying to avoid, a scenario in which Republicans replay the same political summer that Democrats endured in 2009 as they delayed and delayed consideration of what eventually became the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

His comments come after Senate Republicans last week chose to delay a vote on their healthcare bill after it became clear it lacked the votes for passage.

Later that day, McConnell told reporters after an event in his home state of Kentucky that the health bill was challenging but "we are going to stick with that path". Options that would inevitably unleash free market forces, that would in turn bring down the price of health care.

The dispute within the Republican Party over health care widened further Friday as President Donald Trump joined with two conservative senators in calling for an outright repeal of the Affordable Care Act if the party fails to agree on an alternative plan by the end of the July recess.

Heineman says they promised to repeal and replace but just can't get their act together.

"We've come to the conclusion that's not a very fiscally responsible way of doing things", he said.

He added: "It's not easy making America great again, is it?" Mimicking a southern accent, the New Jersey-born Cuccinelli said, "Root and branch, root and branch", repeating an expression McConnell once used about how thoroughly he wanted to repeal the Obama law. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, drafted the Consumer Freedom Act, in order to sway more Conservative members and provide a fix to the bill's current issues.

With the Republicans' health-care bill in crisis, some have suggested they try a bipartisan approach.

The overwhelming unpopularity of the Trumpcare bill forced Senator McConnell, a man used to being unpopular, to delay the vote until after his self-imposed July 4th deadline. "We're at an impasse". He criticized Senate leaders, saying they were seeking to win over moderates with multibillion dollar proposals to combat the opioid epidemic and boost tax subsidies to help lower-income people get coverage. Republicans hold 52 Senate seats, and they need 50 votes to pass the bill, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie.

He added that if Republicans find that the "replacement part too hard for the pulpits to come together" that they should still move ahead with repealing Obamacare and come up with a replacement later.

"There's another 7 million people they say will choose to leave the market that they say are losing insurance. You can have a simultaneous bill or a concurrent bill that they can call replace and that I think, perhaps if it's big spending, they could probably get Democrats to go along with big spending". "Let's keep our word to repeal then work on replacing right away". But they do not agree with McConnell's premise that the ACA is a disaster and Americans urgently want to repeal and replace it. "And then I think the president should call on the Senate to cancel our August" recess, Sasse said.

"We're getting close", White House Director for Legislative Affairs Marc Short said on "Fox News Sunday". "We can argue whether they like the system we're bringing them in or not, but simply a repeal, even with the sunset the year or two down the road - the problem (is) we know how Washington works".

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