Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said Republicans and Democrats may have to get together to discuss healthcare reform, but Paul said Wednesday he thinks that should wait "once we can repeal the things Democrats would never repeal, we should sit down with Democrats".
Trump invited Senate Republicans in the White House on Tuesday to talk about the health care bill, and once again called Obamacare "a total disaster". Remember, the House came back from several near-death experiences on health care in March and April, and still managed to get something approved in May.
By mid-afternoon, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) was making the walk into McConnell's office. This approach has been labeled by critics as Obamacare light.
Five GOP senators had said they would refuse to bring McConnell's bill to the Senate floor: Dean Heller of Nevada, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Susan Collins of ME and Mike Lee of Utah in saying they would refuse to bring the bill to the Senate floor.
Some of these tax cuts would benefit primarily the wealthy, because their capital gains rates would be lowered. But when senators return to their home states for a break, they tend to grow hardened in their positions, not nudged toward compromise.
But attempting to protect Planned Parenthood could risk losing the votes of conservative Republicans.
"No matter how the bill changes around the edges, it is fundamentally flawed at the center", he said.
"What's he going to do, say 'we changed our mind, we're not going to bother?' He has to try". "The president was very emphatic, and we'll just see where it goes from here". And if we don't, it's just going to be something that we're not going to like - and that's OK. "And that's okay, and I understand that very well". 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. He hopes that will get 50 of the 100 senators "in a comfortable place".
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There's little chance he can convert any of the 48 Democrats in the Senate to help win approval.
"These weak-kneed Republicans up here who are saying, 'Oh, we got to spend more money and we got to keep Medicaid forever, the expansion, ' they need to get over themselves", he added.
If Congress doesn't go through with a repeal of the ACA, 37 percent of Americans said they would blame Republicans in Congress, while 23 percent would blame Democrats, and 15 percent would blame President Trump.
Capito - one of the senators that Trump called over the weekend - said that the legislation would "will not ensure access to affordable health care in West Virginia, does not do enough to combat the opioid epidemic that is devastating my state, cuts traditional Medicaid too deeply, and harms rural health care providers". John Barrasso, R-Wyo., right, tells reporters he is delaying a vote on the Republican health care bill while the GOP leadership works toward getting enough vo. Republicans find those conditions unacceptable. "But we need to have that fix done and the bill sent over, hopefully before the Fourth of July recess", Royce said.
The Senate delayed its consideration of the measure vote until after the July 4 holiday after failing to get the minimum number of votes needed to begin debate.
The next few weeks, as McConnell and Trump seek to unpick the GOP deadlock over the Senate proposal, pose a stern test for the President.
"We're still so close on this deal", he said.
"We were as much somber as celebratory because we know we're going to have a fight when we get back".
But that effort appears to have fallen flat, amid less-than-passionate support from the president, other than recent declarations that Obamacare is "dead" and that the overhaul will be "fantastic" for Americans.