Trump calls out Murkowski over health care vote

Trump calls out Murkowski over health care vote

Trump calls out Murkowski over health care vote

The conservative senator has been fiercely opposed to the Senate health care bill, dubbing it "Obamacare-Lite" and consistently calling for a vote for a full repeal of Obamacare. The same identical measure was passed to Barack Obama by the Senate and a Republican-controlled House but he rejected the bill. Such senators have argued that far broader replacement legislation did too little to eradicate the health law.

Here's the problem: the Whip in the House is suggesting to some that what ever we send becomes the final product, there will be no conference.

Graham's "will he or won't he" performance over several hours, meanwhile, angered South Carolinians who either hoped he would stand strong against what he called a bad bill or were just waiting for him to cave as they expected.

GOP senators now may turn to the idea of a "skinny repeal", a pared-down bill that would include eliminating the mandate on individuals to have coverage, and the requirement for employers with 50 or more workers to offer affordable insurance to their employees. But he urged fellow Republican senators to pass it in order to set up a committee of House and Senate lawmakers to meld the two competing versions into a single comprehensive bill that would be wider in scope than the skinny bill. They need some sort of bill to pass in the Senate so as to go into conference to begin the process of smoothing out differences between that bill and the American Health Care Act which passed in the House back in May.

The country's biggest organization of health plans is opposing the Senate Republicans' latest approach to scrapping the Obama health care law.

"My preference would not be to go to conference", Curbelo said. The chamber's parliamentarian advised last week that the waiting period doesn't comply with the Senate rules for passing the bill with a simple majority. If they can pass that, lawmakers can hammer out a final proposal with the House in conference committee.

"There are a lot of decisions that need to be made for 2018 that can't be made because of the uncertainty over this debate", he said.

After successive failed votes on other plans, Republicans are coming to believe that what's being called a "skinny repeal" may be the only thing that can pass and keep the process moving.

The day's proceedings began with prodding from Trump, who's proven impatient and inconsistent throughout the health care debate and yet can claim some credit for resuscitating Senate talks after McConnell essentially declared them dead last week.

In an impromptu press conference held Thursday evening, Sen.

"We're trying to achieve consensus, does that sound familiar?", Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said when asked whether there is a draft of the skinny bill.

Whether those assurances will come is uncertain, but the clock is ticking.

A source from the medical device industry also said the measure could be brought up as an amendment to the legislation when it comes to the Senate floor for a vote.

Many read that as a sign that he would ultimately support one of the bills, perhaps a pared-back version of Obamacare repeal, or that enough GOP Senators would eventually get on board to cobble together the requisite 50 votes.

Others are just watching the chaos from the sidelines. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told reporters.

"We're like the rest of America".

That so-called vote-a-rama later this week could open the floodgates for all senators to introduce as many amendments as they want.

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