Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Should the GOP abandon efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare?

Should the GOP abandon efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare?

Heller himself raised the issue with Trump, a source said. Just 6% say that protection isn't important to them. Partisans will also correctly believe that turning voters against Ryan and McConnell will be much less damaging in 2018 than either demonizing the president - the most visible party leader - or attacking Republicans in vulnerable seats. Others criticized the fact the Senate hadn't held a single hearing on the bill.

The replacement and repeal of Obamacare was one of Trump and the Republicans' key domestic campaign promises but has faced difficulty in garnering agreement within the party.

Trump may also need to up his persuasion game because though he's been speaking to holdout senators it's not clear he has changed many minds. "I think it's pretty obvious at this point", Idaho Republican Jim Risch said. It now enrolls one in four Americans, with more growth ahead.

In the survey, taken Saturday through Tuesday, a 53% majority say Congress should either leave the law known as Obamacare alone or work to fix its problems while keeping its framework intact.

"I'll just speak for myself".

The White House led criticism of the CBO report on Monday, assailing its ability to estimate effects on coverage. It came out yesterday afternoon.

"I have not heard back from the leadership with any suggestions for changes", Collins said. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee. "Not frustration, but you know that there's nearly no way for the questions that you have to be legitimately answered".

The new timeline comes after Republican senators went to the White House on Tuesday for a closed-door meeting with President Trump to discuss the health care plan.

But the party can not agree on a replacement - conservative Republicans say the Senate plan maintains too many elements of so-called Obamacare, while moderates believe it will hurt vulnerable people. "I need to understand really what we're talking about, with some of the conclusions that we saw yesterday with the CBO score", she told MSNBC.

The extra time will be appreciated by nervous senators. "1 in 5 Mainers are on Medicaid", she said in the tweets. "I will vote no on [motion to proceed]", she wrote in the first. "It sounds cliche, but for most of us it's true". The CBO predicts that premiums would rise for a few years under the Senate plan, then fall by about 30%. Ted Cruz, Utah Sen.

The impact on Hawaii would be substantial, state Medicaid officials said. He has stressed, however, his focus on the unique challenges facing Alaska, a far-flung sparsely populated state with the highest health care costs in the country.

"It was Mitch's. Definitely Mitch", Corker said.

McConnell can lose only two senators from his 52-member caucus and still pass the bill, with Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote.

At least five Senate Republicans had announced opposition to the bill, before the delay was announced. It was short of support heading into a procedural vote Wednesday.

Senate Republican leaders released their draft last week of the much-anticipated revision of the health-care law after crafting their plan behind closed doors - and ignoring the concerns of governors and other stakeholders - in order to rush through a vote in time to go home for their July 4 recess.

But at least nine Republicans senators have now said they oppose the bill as is, including Rob Portman of OH and Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia.

They're caught in a political pincer not unlike the one Barack Obama and Democrats faced during the Affordable Care Act battle of 2009.

"I have so many fundamental problems with the bill that have been confirmed by the CBO report that it's hard for me to see how any tinkering is going to satisfy my fundamental and deep concerns about the impact of the bill", said Maine GOP Sen.

The delay put the future of a longtime top Republican priority in doubt amid concerns about the Senate bill from both moderate and conservative Republicans.

"It's a big complicated subject, we've got a lot discussions going on, and we're still optimistic we're going to get there", McConnell said.

Collins said the CBO prediction was very important and she can not vote for a bill that will lead to the loss of millions of health insurance coverage.

Leader McConnell warned Republicans that if they can't find a compromise, they'll be forced to work with democrats. Back then, conservatives viewed the legislation as an unacceptable government takeover of United States healthcare. McConnell is not going to give up.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT told CNN it was only a "temporary victory".

We know the fight is not over.

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