Democrats Claim They Can Block Obamacare Repeal by Republicans

Some Republicans have expressed concern their constituents might suffer if the Affordable Care Act is repealed before lawmakers agree on a replacement.

Meadows said it would become clear within the next 48 hours whether the proposal has enough support to pass the House as lawmakers review the document.

“It’s complicated. In fact, it’s nearly impossible, but we’ll figure it out”, said GOP Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch.

Walker, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, said he had serious issues with the measure. All it takes is three defections in the Senate.

Politico reported that Trump admitted that “nobody knew that health care could be so complicated”, and suggested that “Republicans should let Obamacare “implode” so that Democrats shoulder the blame”.

Indeed, a major impetus for the repeal-and-delay strategy was that Republican leaders understood writing and passing an Obamacare replacement would be extremely hard and take a really long time. Now they face maybe the biggest challenge of all: popular vote loser Donald Trump.

America’s Health Insurance Plans, an industry lobby group, said in a statement before the session that insurers are looking forward to talking about “how we can best ensure every American has affordable coverage and access to quality care”. Later that month, the senator unveiled his Obamacare Replacement Act in conjunction with calling for a full repeal. “We want people to get health care”. “The draft legislation, which was leaked last week, risks continuing major Obamacare entitlement expansions and delays any reforms”. He could also, once again, speak entirely in vague generalities and promise yet again that he’ll release his own plan eventually.

Still, members of Congress are notoriously jittery about the consequences of backing controversial legislation, so continuation of Trump’s historically low approval numbers could make some less eager to cast potentially damaging votes. Trump once claimed that the White House was close to finishing its plan. It’s “obvious” they can’t craft a decent replacement plan now, so they’re going to try to convince everyone that they can craft a replacement plan later. Rand PaulRand PaulGOP looks for ObamaCare path as right lashes out McConnell: GOP not in “same place” on ObamaCare strategy Sanders offers bill to allow purchase of prescription drugs from Canada MORE (R-Ky.), bashed the leadership plan in a call with reporters Tuesday. Donovan said he supports continuing this.

Trump told governors Monday that his speech is going to focus heavily on security and less on the specifics of health care. In an episode that aired Sunday, Oliver went through the plan and fleshed out some of its broad-brush ideas, but it wasn’t easy.

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