Trump backs repealing 'Obamacare' now, replacing it later

Women dressed as handmaids from the novel film and television series The Handmaid's Tale demonstrate against cuts for Planned Parenthood in the Republican Senate healthcare bill at the U.S. Capitol in Washington U.S

Heineman says, "Republicans for the last three elections said they were for repeal and replacement of Obamacare and if we got a Republican president we would do it on day one".

"That doesn't achieve what President Trump set out to do", he said.

It's move that Republicans have tried in 2015, but don't seem to have the votes to push it through this time - many party senators oppose repealing the law - popularly known as Obamacare - without replacing it with a new one.

Short said the White House hoped to pass a repeal-and-replace bill. Who would have thought a bill crafted in a bunker by legacy members of the Skull and Bones Society with the express objective of taking away poor people's access to competent health care so rich folk could heat their pools would be met by public backlash?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a vote until after the recess, saying he and his leadership team are "still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place" to vote for the bill.

On Friday, Republican Senator Ben Sasse who had suggested that Congress first repeal Obamacare and then replace it, tweeted: "Glad you agree, Mr. Pres". 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. The best case scenario for the republicans would be to treat this monstrous affront to decency the way you would a broken down vehicle.


McConnell told reporters after an event Friday in his home state of Kentucky that the current health care bill remains challenging but "we are going to stick with that path". "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".

Annie Clark, a spokeswoman for moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, said the lawmaker would not support the strategy.

"We should do a repeal with a delay - I don't want to see anybody thrown off the coverage they have now - I would want a delay so we could get to work", Sasse said.

The republicans are working to the contrary for months on a bill that would repeal only some of the elements of Obamacare (for example, the obligation to take out health insurance), while retaining and reforming some aspects, a compromise meant to avoid a return too abrupt in the rear which would deny coverage to tens of millions of Americans.

"The fact of the matter is that he can do more than one thing at a time", Price snapped in response to a question by NBC's Chuck Todd. "They'll throw big high numbers but they won't understand what the impact is on the program". By comparison, the CBO predicted that 22 million people would lose health care if the latest version of the Republican bill to replace Obamacare were passed by the Senate. "Let's do it in full public view".

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