What Would Happen If Republicans Repeal Obamacare But Don't Replace It?

Sen. Sasse pushes new option for health care agenda

Sen. Sasse pushes new option for health care agenda

Even as McConnell worked behind-the-scenes to find a way to allay the concerns of conservatives, who didn't believe the bill went far enough to repeal Obamacare, and centrists, who anxious about Medicaid cuts and the 22 million more people who would be uninsured under the plan, Trump took to Twitter.

"The president's held multiple meetings within the White House itself", Price added, "with physicians, with small-business groups, with other folks who have been harmed by Obamacare, with patients, individual stakeholders from across this land who tell him and have told us repeatedly that the current system is collapsing". The Senate is split 52 Republicans to 48 Democrats. To understand the prospects of such a thing, recall the most important political distinction about health care: Republicans hate Obamacare, but they are mostly indifferent about the Affordable Care Act.

On the other, he is also trying to please conservatives like Sens.

After postponing a scheduled vote on his plan last week, McConnell waged a behind the scenes charm offensive largely aimed at recalcitrant moderate Republicans, including a proposal to preserve one of the Obamacare law's taxes on high-income people to free up $172 billion for Medicaid.

Paul, who re-tweeted Trump on Friday morning, later fired off a second tweet saying he had spoken to Trump and the Senate GOP leadership "about this and agree".

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It's move that Republicans have tried in 2015, but don't seem to have the votes to push it through this time - many party senators oppose repealing the law - popularly known as Obamacare - without replacing it with a new one. The caucus' moderates have balked at a measure that - according to the Congressional Budget Office - would provide massive tax relief to the wealthy while leaving 22 million fewer people with insurance. We can do much better than this shameful GOP plan.

It could be that President Trump paid attention as soon afterwards he sent out a tweet today that stated "If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date".

White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump did not see July 10 as a deadline to pass legislation.

On NBC's Meet the Press, health and human services secretary Tom Price was asked if the president's tweeting was getting in the way of the legislative effort. "Let's do this full time - 18 hours a day, six days a week - let's cancel the August state work period, let's do it in full public view and have hearings and get to work on something that words better than ObamaCare, we pledged that and American people deserve that", he said. "We hope that [when senators] come back the week after [their July 4th] recess, we'll have a vote". So until and unless Republicans give up that goal, they're not going to even try to work with Democrats. From an economics standpoint, it would risk throwing the health care industry into bankruptcy.

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