The repeal and replacement of Obamacare is not going very smoothly, with Republican lawmakers starting to admit that they might need to look for another way to deal with the country’s healthcare laws.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told CBS reporters that he thinks Republicans need a new proposal and support from Democrats.
“I think my view is it’s probably going to be dead,” said McCain of the GOP bill. He added that if Democrats are included, “it means they can have amendments considered. And even when they lose, then they’re part of the process. That’s what democracy is supposed to be all about.”
Speaking out on “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La) admitted, “We don’t know what the plan is. Clearly, the draft plan is dead. Is the serious rewrite plan dead? I don’t know.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) took to Twitter on Saturday to say that Republicans should be “ashamed that we have not passed health care reform by now” and will lose Senate majority if it doesn’t happen.
52 Republicazn senators shld be ashamed that we have not passed health reform by now WE WONT BE ASHAMED WE WILL GO FROM MAJORITY TO MINORITY
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) July 9, 2017
On Sunday afternoon, Trump urged Republicans to follow through on the repeal of Obamacare, saying now is the time.
“For years, even as a “civilian,” I listened as Republicans pushed the Repeal and Replace of ObamaCare. Now they finally have their chance!,” Trump said in a tweet.
For years, even as a "civilian," I listened as Republicans pushed the Repeal and Replace of ObamaCare. Now they finally have their chance!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2017
The initial bill, which was drafted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), has a tenuous hold at best, with at least 10 GOP senators reportedly opposed to it and many constituents angry about the likelihood of rising premiums.
McConnell has said that if the current effort fails, he may instead draft a smaller bill and negotiate with Democrats.
Sen. Ted Cruz has a plan which would lower premiums for healthy people. Supported by the White House and some conservatives in the House, Cruz portrayed his plan as a compromise to unify the party on a GOP health bill.
“When it comes to repealing Obamacare, what I think is critical is that Republicans, we’ve got to honor the promise we made to the voters that millions of Americans are hurting under Obamacare,” Cruz said. “In my view, failure is not an option.”
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