Senator Sasse: Repeal Obamacare First, Decide on Replacement Later

  • Senator Sasse: Repeal Obamacare First, Decide on Replacement Later

Senator Sasse: Repeal Obamacare First, Decide on Replacement Later

The Republican effort to overhaul the nation's health care system was already messy, but Donald Trump this morning made matters quite a bit worse.

Senate GOP leaders still want to come up with some kind of intra-party agreement by this afternoon, submit to the Congressional Budget Office, and then hold a vote in two weeks, but by voicing support for an approach he's previously rejected, Trump just made the process more hard.

He asked Trump to call on Republicans to repeal Obamacare in early July if they can not reach an agreement on a comprehensive plan by then.

Sasse said if there wasn't any bill passed by July 10, he would write a letter to President Trump to suggest repealing first, then replacing. Rand Paul outlining the Kentucky Republican's opposition to his own colleagues' plan. This morning, Trump proposed an entirely new tack: Instead of repealing Obamacare and replacing it with an alternative, let the Senate just repeal it. What is wrong with politicians that they will do anything but talk seriously about bring market forces and price signals into health care? The chamber had meant to hold a vote when lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill the week of July 10. Even before Trump weighed in, though, it wasn't clear how far he was getting, and Trump's tweet did not appear to suggest a lot of White House confidence in the outcome.

If Republicans can come to a deal on replacing Obamacare in the near future, they need to repeal it first and then get to work replacing it, Sen. A spokeswoman for McConnell declined to respond to a request for comment on the president's tweet. And the tweet seems to contradict Trump's earlier promises that he would provide "insurance for everybody" and that he would repeal and replace Obamacare as soon as he took office.

"Obama says that the Republicans are trying to destroy Medicaid". While McConnell could still win over enough Republican members to pass his current plan, the prospect of the GOP having to work with Democrats to patch up Obamacare is increasing.

"I really think the Senate's approach - certainly in the House - of not simply repealing but to start to put into place the elements that can make health care affordable, that's what the president set out to do", Brady said in an interview on C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" program.