The current status of the Senate health care bill is that there isn't much going on. President Donald Trump has also shown support for repealing the Affordable Care Act if a replacement can't be agreed upon, reports USA Today.
Despite these challenges, McConnell plans to press forward with his current strategy, hoping to strike a balance that makes the many factions in the Senate happy enough to vote in favor of the BCRA. The idea was to vote as quickly as possible to repeal the ACA, thus fulfilling their long-standing campaign promise, and soon after figure out what to replace it with. But his suggestion threatened to sharpen divisions between conservatives and moderates, who are leery of stripping coverage from millions of constituents without something to substitute for it. Two versions of the bill are being considered - the first pushes to reduce costs by giving state more control and the second wants to strengthen health care subsides.
Supporters of that idea include Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who is now joining Trump in urging a return to a two-step process.
Sen. Toomey also claims that the Senate version will continue Obamacare subsidies for eligible Americans of modest incomes. But he added: "If the replacement part is too hard for Republicans to get together, then let's go back and take care of the first step of repeal".
"If we can do a combined repeal and replace over the next week, that's great", Sasse said.
"But right now they don't want to concede anything".
"It's distressing to see so many Republicans who've lied about their commitment to repeal".
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And it's likely to further complicate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's task as he struggles to bridge the divide between moderates and conservatives. 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.
The idea also would leave unresolved the quandary lawmakers are struggling with now, about how to replace Obama's system of online insurance markets, tax subsidies and an expanded Medicaid with something that could get enough Republican votes to pass Congress. House Republicans barely passed their version of a replacement bill in May, and the task is proving even tougher in the Senate, where McConnell has nearly no margin for error. But Senate leaders anxious constituent feedback during the break might further complicate their efforts. The other seeks to bolster health care subsidies for lower-income people, perhaps by preserving a tax boost on high earners.
The change, proposed by Sen.
"The Congressional Budget office indicated that if you simply repeal the Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- you will throw".
"I think we need to do both repeal and replace, and I'm a little agnostic as to whether they're paired or separated", Sasse added in his "State of the Union" interview on Sunday, calling for the cancellation of the Senate's August recess so lawmakers can get to work on a replacement plan. Former President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010, and Republicans have been trying to get rid of it ever since.
Both proposals were encountering internal Republican opposition, and it was uncertain either would survive. He said Republicans are "getting close" to a deal, though some GOP lawmakers suggested that's not the case. No more than two of the 52 GOP senators can oppose the measure for him to prevail, and there were no indications he'd achieved that margin as senators left town Thursday. Their success as negotiators could signal whether the bill would succeed in getting passed in the House.
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