'If we can't repeal and replace it at the same time, we repeal the law and stay to work on a replacement, ' Sasse said at the annual GOP dinner in Story County, Iowa on Friday, suggesting the Senate stay in session through the annual, long August recess.
The White House, anxious for a legislative victory on healthcare, insisted that it fully expects a GOP repeal and replace bill to pass in the coming weeks that will fulfill Trump's pledge to end Obamacare. "Now they finally have their chance!"
The Senate bill, which faces unified Democratic opposition, has been further imperiled during the recess, when Republican senators have had to return to their states and face constituents strongly opposed to the measure. Childless adults, no surprise, spurn surreal Affordable Care Act plans that must include pediatric dental coverage for kids who do not exist.
Conservative senators and GOP leaders met with the Senate parliamentarian - who serves as the referee on what provisions meet reconciliation's guidelines - late last week to discuss the amendment, a sign leadership is taking Cruz's proposal seriously. "Is the serious rewrite plan dead? I don't know. I've not seen the serious rewrite plan". Senator John Hoeven, Republican of North Dakota, signaled this week that he would not vote for the bill as written, following negative remarks from other senators with large poor and rural populations.
When Republicans asked the CBO to analyze the impacts of a "clean repeal" of Obamacare in 2015, the office found that not only would it kick tens of millions of people off their health insurance, it would also increase the federal deficit by more than $350 billion dollars over 10 years. In a separate report, it found the proposal would cut government spending on Medicaid by 35 per cent come 2036. John McCain said Sunday that he thought his party's health care bill was on course for failure.
He pointed to Americans who lost plans that didn't meet the Affordable Care Act's coverage requirements, the fact that premiums are rising instead of falling on Obamacare's exchanges and, in "the ultimate insult", a policy architect's claim that Democrats relied on the "stupidity of the American voter" to get their law through Congress. Sick people, however, according to Ted Cruz's brilliant plan, they're all going to be lumped together.
This week the Senate is deciding health care coverage for us all.
"Remember, [former President Barack] Obama promised your premiums would go down $2,500 a year", Cruz said.
But it might be bad news for those in need of health insurance - depending on your age and how healthy you are.
His plan, the Consumer Freedom Act, would require each insurance company to offer at least one plan with Obamacare mandates and requirements, then they can offer other plans that don't cover everything. Others took the opportunity to use the Independence Day holiday to champion the rights of others, attend town hall meetings and contact their legislators to make their wishes known about the efforts to repeal and replace our current healthcare system.
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT): "Look it's been said before the ACA is not flawless, and it can it could use some, it could use some amendment, but to replace it with this bill is about the most irresponsible thing I've ever seen since and then 10 years I've been in the United States Senate".