Of course, if we did that the millionaires wouldn't get their tax cut.
"I don't think we're that far off", Trump told Pete Hegseth of Fox and Friends.
"If they can not get 50 votes, if they get to impasse, I've been telling leadership for months now I'll vote for a repeal", the Kentucky Republican said on ABC's "This Week". Dean Heller, R-Nevada, became the fifth Senate Republican to reject the measure.
Republicans have been saying for seven years that they want to repeal Obamacare, so I can hardly pretend to be surprised that they're doing it after winning the 2016 election. "Famous last words, right? We could well be in all night a couple of nights working through what will be an open amendment process and I think that at least is good". Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have been calling on Senate leaders to maintain House-passed reforms, including a waiver that could allow insurers to charge more for people with preexisting conditions. The challenge is all the more onerous as conservative qualms about the bill are themselves cleft into two hostile camps. "Folks with health coverage cards but no care because they can't afford the deductible", Health Secretary Tom Price said on CNN, making the rounds this morning news shows to promote the Senate Republican plan. "I have a hard time believing Wisconsin constituents or even myself will have enough time to properly evaluate this".
"There's no way we should not be voting on this next week", he said on Meet the Press. But if you offer me 90 percent repeal, I'd probably would vote it. Senator Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican and a doctor who is considered a critical vote, said he remained undecided.
The removal of such a massive swathe of subsidy could have devastating effects on vulnerable groups such as older people in nursing homes, individuals struggling with opioid addiction and those with disabilities.
A key Republican senator has 'serious concerns' about the Senate's healthcare bill
Trump didn't indicate what types of changes may be in store, but affirmed that he had described a US House-passed bill as "mean". Famous last words, right? "We don't have too much of a choice because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare".
Sen. Susan Collins of ME says she thinks getting the votes needed in the Senate this week to pass a Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act could be very hard. We're disappointed that the discussion draft turns its back on this simple solution, and goes with something far too familiar: "throwing money at the problem".
The closer the Senate gets to the vote, the more raw and exposed the wound becomes within the Republican party.
The GOP legislation would phase out the Medicaid expansion, dramatically curb Medicaid spending and repeal ObamaCare taxes and its mandate to buy insurance.
The dispute is also being fanned by rightwing billionaires investing millions of dollars in attempting to push the Republican party further in their direction.