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Obamacare: Trump tweets repeal now, replace later

03 Juillet 2017

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.

"We're getting close", White House Director for Legislative Affairs Marc Short said on "Fox News Sunday".

McConnell says he intends to proceed with GOP legislation being negotiated during the week-long recess.

McConnell said he is well aware of the health care challenges facing Americans.

"That's an option", Short emphasized.

Trump on Friday tweeted the suggestion to repeal Obamacare right away and then replace it later, an approach that GOP leaders and the president himself dismissed months ago. Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate.

He added: "It's not easy making America great again, is it?" McConnell said late Friday.

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The White House expects to be able to pass both a health-care bill and a measure to overhaul the tax code before the end of the year, Short said. "I respect Ben on this issue but now is the time for him to lead because the Senate isn't getting the job done". "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 can probably get Democrats to go along".

"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 bill is just being lit up like a Christmas tree full of billion-dollar ornaments, and it's not repeal".

"I think it's repeal and replace", Kinzinger told CNN's Chris Cuomo Friday on "New Day".

It could be that President Trump paid attention as soon afterwards he sent out a tweet today that stated "If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date". Doing otherwise would invite accusations that Republicans were simply tossing people off coverage and would roil insurance markets by raising the question of whether, when and how Congress might replace the law once it was gone.

Ohio Governor John Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate, said on ABC's "This Week" that repealing Obamacare without a replacement won't work because "you can't leave people without what they need". The Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit that studies health policy, analyzed data from both the Senate bill and U.S. House legislation to repeal Obamacare.

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 the law.

Obamacare: Trump tweets repeal now, replace later