White House: Trump backs repeal-only health bill as 'option'

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 3, 2017

Last week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled the Senate's health-care bill from consideration amid opposition from both conservative and moderate Republicans. "We're at an impasse", Paul said on "Fox News Sunday".

President Trump is pressuring Republican senators to back a bill to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature health care law but is holding open a repeal-option if Republicans can not reach an agreement over the July 4 recess, a White House aide said Sunday.

Conservatives like Paul and Sen.

The analysis found a 27-year-old in Oklahoma City making $20,000 per year would be charged a slightly lower premium under the repeal bills, but would receive almost $2,000 less in tax credits. Many Republicans in leadership recognize this, which is why the House and Senate bills seek to revise the subsidies and provide funding for state high-risk pools (although those bills too would result in more people uninsured).

"We think that Leader McConnell and his senators within the Senate are working to try to get this piece of legislation on track", Price said.

But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the main conservative critics of the bill as now written, suggested on the same show the legislation should be junked and process of writing it begun anew. "We are getting very close".

Underscoring the fissures within the GOP, conservative group leaders on that call welcomed Trump's suggestion but said it didn't go far enough because it could open the door to a subsequent bipartisan compromise to replace Obama's law.

"If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!"

Paul said the current bill "has become the kitchen sink", and is "lit up like a Christmas tree full of billion-dollar ornaments". If we can't, though, then there's no reason to walk away. "I think you can get 52 Republicans for clean repeal".

Republicans have long debated and ultimately discarded the idea of repealing the overhaul before replacing it, concluding that both must happen simultaneously.

Were Republicans to pass a narrower bill only repealing the ACA, it could cost more than 20 million Americans the coverage they've gained under the law and propel the individual insurance market into a spiral of increasingly higher premiums and insurer exits.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday that the Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2026 than under Obamacare, but if Obamacare was repealed and then replaced, the CBO estimated Thursday that the move would probably leave 18 million people without coverage in the first year and 32 million more by 2026. Then Congress should cancel August recess and work six days a week until the situation is resolved, Sasse wrote.

Sasse, meanwhile, said he would like to see a bill that would repeal Obamacare "with a delay".

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