In June 2015, the Congressional Budget Office projected that such an outright repeal would add $137 billion to the federal deficit between 2016 and 2025 and leave 24 million nonelderly adults without health coverage between 2021 and 2025. If Obamacare goes under, Republicans will be blamed - not former President Obama and certainly not the minority Democrats.
While it is unclear what specifically prompted Trump's tweet, an aide to Sasse said that the senator had discussed the idea of a straight repeal privately with White House officials in recent days.
Georgia Senator David Perdue sent a letter to majority leader Mitch McConnell urging him to cancel Congress' August vacation.
"Delivering meaningful results was never assumed to be easy, but the millions of Americans who placed their confidence in our leadership expect our full and best effort", the 10 senators wrote.
Paul pushed the Senate for a clean repeal.
There's just no way that repealing and replacing Obamacare can be bipartisan. "We are focused on doing that".
That is he says unless the senate passes its own bill by july 10th.
Marc Short with President Trump.
Senate Republicans bussed up to the White House following the concession of at-least-temporary defeat on Tuesday, where President Donald Trump, as usual, insisted progress was being made and a deal was in the offing.
Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday took aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, saying the controversial measure is like a Christmas tree decorated with big government spending ornaments.
But if the Senate can not accomplish a simultaneous repeal and replace, he said legislators can not "walk away". It would still provide inadequate subsidies to working poor Americans to help them buy less-comprehensive health insurance.
"If you wish to chant and stop others from being able to speak or be heard, that is not civil", Cassidy retorted. And as the party can't afford to lose support from more than two of its 52 senators and still pass the measure, proponents of reinstating the taxes are hoping they can shore up their centrist flank, even if that means more opposition from an already disgruntled right wing. Later in the week, the CBO drove another nail in the coffin by reporting Medicaid spending would decline 35 percent in 20 years.
"If Congress fails to vote on a replacement at the same time as repeal, the repealers risk assuming the blame for the continued unraveling of Obamacare". But now he's going to have to spend even more time trying. The Senate version would still cut Medicaid, only not as much as the version House Republicans passed. "We should do repeal, with a delay".
For years, they've claimed the Affordable Care Act has been choking the economy, thanks in large part to the new taxes the law levied on investors. "Root and branch doesn't mean trimming the hedges, as is now the case", said Andy Roth, vice president for government affairs at the Club for Growth.