White House Legislative Director Marc Short, appearing on “Fox News Sunday”, said that if Republicans do not support the current bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare after the Senate’s July 4th recess, Trump is reportedly considering a repeal-only option.
“Our preference is to pass the bill the Senate has right now,” Short said. “If the replacement part is too difficult for Republicans to get together, then let’s go back and take care of the first step of repeal.”
Trump tweeted the same message out on Friday, stating, “If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!”
If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2017
Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) have both expressed their desire for a repeal-only bill first.
“I don’t think we’re getting anywhere with the bill we have. We’re at an impasse,” said Paul on “Fox News Sunday.” “The bill is just being lit up like a Christmas tree full of billion-dollar ornaments, and it’s not repeal. I think you can get 52 Republicans for clean repeal.”
Appearing on CNN, Sasse said, “If we can do a combined repeal and replace over the next week, that’s great. If we can’t, though, then there’s no reason to walk away.”
After finding out from the CBO last week that Mitch McConnell’s draft bill would result in 22 million people losing insurance over the next decade, at least nine GOP senators said they were opposed to it.
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