Trump Once Again Scrambles GOP's Efforts to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with immigration crime victims at the White House on June 28

"It needs to be a good replace", Sasse said on CNN's "State of the Union", outlining his strategy to repeal Obamacare with a delayed implementation date to give lawmakers in both Parties time to negotiate a plan to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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.

The trouble is that Senate leaders have attracted fire from both sides.

"Middle-class families are getting hammered", he said.

Trump urges GOP Senators to repeal Obamacare immediately, then replace

Republicans only need a majority to pass the bill instead of 60 votes required for legislation. Ben Sasse of Nebraska recommended for "maximum repeal" first and then wants to have a conversation about "real replacement". It could also roil insurance markets by prompting insurers to flee or boost premiums because of worries over whether, when and how Congress would replace the statute.

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.

"The moderates won't vote for a repeal, a clean repeal, unless they have some other bill going on simultaneously", Paul said on Fox.

The president tweeted his message shortly after Sen. The Senate version would still cut Medicaid, only not as much as the version House Republicans passed.

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The repeal bill now enjoys a 15% approval rating even amongst those who voted for Trump.

Republicans are steeling themselves for attacks on their health care negotiations over the Fourth of July recess, when activists are planning to pressure any members of Congress they see at public events.

So McConnell is reworking the plan, hoping to find a sweet spot between conservatives and moderates that will get a majority and still conform to Senate rules.

But the calls for repeal reflect the anger that Trump and many conservatives feel about the measure that McConnell crafted in closed session and which would cut $772 billion over 10 years from Medicaid, the public insurance program that covers almost 70 million Americans, while providing $541 billion in tax cuts. By comparison, repeal fully Obamacare would increase this number to 32 million, according to the Congressional budget Office (CBO). The other could bolster health care subsidies for lower-income people.

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"The fact of the matter is that he can do more than one thing at a time", Price said, in a tense interview in which he also refused to comment on the president's tweeted abuse of MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.

But if the Senate isn't careful, the current bill will serve to remind too many Republicans and independents what they like least about Washington, even if some of its substance would pay off down the road.

For years, they've claimed the Affordable Care Act has been choking the economy, thanks in large part to the new taxes the law levied on investors.

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