Donald Trump on Friday said that if Republican senators can’t strike a deal on their health bill, they should immediately repeal Obamacare and then replace it later, a reversal of the president’s earlier position.
Several Senate Republicans began to question Wednesday whether their health-care bill should repeal a tax on high-income Americans imposed by Obamacare when the legislation would scale back subsidies for the poor.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may have bought himself some time by delaying a vote on his embattled health-care bill, but he faces a difficult and narrow path in trying to deliver on seven years of promises to repeal Obamacare and its taxes.
Senate leaders put off a vote on the Republicans’ health-care bill until after the July 4 recess amid growing opposition from GOP members to the plan drafted in secret by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Congressional Republicans’ dash to undo Obamacare is about fulfilling a seven-year promise to voters. But it’s also about seizing what may be the party’s last chance to wipe out the 2010 law’s tax hikes on upper income earners.
The Obamacare replacement plan put forward by Senate Republicans would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 22 million while slashing funding for Medicaid, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office.
Senate leaders released a slightly revised version of their health-care bill Monday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tries to win over enough holdouts to pass the measure, with at least six Republicans signaling opposition.