Published: Mon, July 03, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

It's not easy making America great again, is it?

It's not easy making America great again, is it?

Well we got a Republican president and we are now 150 days into the administration and it hasn't happened. The president ran on repeal and replace. But he reiterated that Trump believes Republicans should consider an option of immediately repealing the ACA and replacing it later, if senators can not reach agreement. By this week's end, he wants to nail down changes that would assure the bill's passage after Congress' weeklong July 4 recess.

"If Republican senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately repeal, and then replace at a later date!"

Price also defended Trump's commitment to passing a new health care law despite his latest spate of attacks on the news media, especially MSNBC "Morning Joe" host's Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

In May, the CBO said the House version of healthcare reform, which was squeezed through the lower chamber and celebrated in the White House rose garden, would leave 23m people without insurance in the same timeframe.

McConnell planned to put the bill up for a vote on the floor last week, but yanked it last minute after it became clear too many Republicans abandoned ship.

Senator Mitch McConnell's clandestine health care bill, crafted in secret by rich white men, did not go over well.

"If you're going to make a change in the outline to repeal Obamacare, maintaining a job-killing tax hike like capital gains is exactly the wrong way to do it", he said.

Sen. Mike LeeMike LeeGOP senator: "It's not going to do any good" to comment on Trump's tweets GOP senators warming to repeal then replace on ObamaCare Lee on healthcare: Lumping too much into one bill dooms its chances MORE (R-Utah) during an interview that aired Sunday warned that putting too much into one piece of legislation makes it more hard for it to pass.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected the strategy when he told a gathering of Republicans in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, that "failure has to be possible or you can't have success".

Conservatives said they opposed the idea, along with the chairmen of Congress' two tax-writing committees: Senate Finance chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and House Ways and Means chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas. But it's a distinction that makes sense anyway.

"Republicans ran on repeal and on replace". Bottom line: millions of Americans would lose health insurance and billions of dollars would be slashed from Medicaid.

The break from dogma by a party that has long reviled tax boosts - and most things achieved by Obama - underscores McConnell's feverish effort to rescue the Senate legislation from the brink of possible defeat.

But they have not settled on how they would finance all these changes, since conservatives oppose the centrists' push to preserve one of the bill's current taxes as a way of funneling more money to those who can not afford health coverage on their own. "We should do repeal, with a delay".

Given the current impasse, the bill continues to come under attack from both the right and left flanks of the GOP.

Information for this article was contributed by Juliet Eilperin, Sean Sullivan, Kelsey Snell, Ashley Cusick, Mike DeBonis, David Weigel and Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post; by Erica Werner and Alan Fram of The Associated Press; by Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear of The New York Times.

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