When the House passed the bill, the House GOP and President Donald Trump held a Rose Garden celebration.
So McConnell is reworking the plan, hoping to find a sweet spot between conservatives and moderates that will get a majority and still conform to Senate rules.
McConnell says he intends to proceed with GOP legislation being negotiated during the week-long recess. Here in Montana at Providence St. Patrick Hospital, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center and our Providence Medical Group clinics, we are serving many more people who now have regular access to care, often for the first time. Now, he's abandoning the Senate bill, which conservatives think is too generous.
"That's an option", Short emphasized. Mike Lee attempted to stop then-President Barack Obama's health care law from being funded four years ago, the result was a federal government shutdown that lasted 16 days. But it does a lot: about as much as can be expected of a 52-vote Republican majority that is subject to the filibuster. Just three GOP defections would doom the legislation, because Democrats are united in opposition. And while many Republicans wanted the government completely out of health care - a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act - others wanted to keep some of the more popular aspects.
Obamacare has also been a major target for Republicans despite the fact that so many Americans have benefited from the program.
University of Utah political science professor Matthew Burbank said he believes Lee is approaching the issue differently now because of lessons he and the Republicans learned from the 2013 fight. And he railed in particular against an amendment attached to the Senate and House bills that requires NY to pick up $2.3 billion of Medicaid costs that counties now foot. This committee wants to reduce health care coverage for the poor, the disabled and the elderly and slashing Medicaid in order to give tax breaks to their wealthy donors, health care insurers and so forth. But it is beginning to dawn on Republicans and Democrats alike that the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 kicks some important cans down the road as well, especially with respect to Medicaid funding. But it leaves the GOP campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare unresolved. Both he and Sen.
The idea of doing a stand-alone bill to repeal the ACA gained steam on Friday, when Sen.
"I think if we're going to stop Obamacare, we have to do it now", Cruz continued. We're at an impasse.
"The bill is just being lit up like a Christmas tree full of billion-dollar ornaments, and it's not repeal", Paul said. "At that point, if you've repealed it, you can come back with a replacement effort that could be more bipartisan".
But even that idea could divide the Senate Republican conference.
In what now sounds prescient, Senator Ted Cruz said in the summer of 2013 that once Obamacare subsidies began on January 1, 2014, it would be too late to remove Obamacare.
Congressman Tom Reed continues to support Republican plans to replace the Affordable Care Act, despite a number of polls indicating little support for the current proposals. "If we can't though, there's no reason to walk away".