As the Senate continues to struggle with how to repeal and replace Obamacare, more Senators seem to be warming up to the conservative plan for getting the job done.
Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Mike Lee (R-UT), and a host of conservative Congressmen have been arguing that if we repeal Obamacare and then write smaller bills to deal with specific problems, we’ll be better able to help as many Americans as possible.
In an early morning tweet on Friday, Trump finally agreed with conservatives and told Congress to simply repeal Obamacare now, and figure out a replacement for it later.
If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2017
Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) plan to split healthcare into two bills – one a simple repeal, and the other a larger bill that would allow Democrats and moderate Republicans to add back features of Obamacare that they like – is getting more traction. As even moderates like Pat Toomey (R-PA) are saying they’d be okay with doing it that way:
“I’m fine with that. I’d be fine with that. I don’t think we got the votes in the Senate to pass that. But I’d be okay with doing it that way…I don’t think we’d get the 50 votes if that were on the floor…but what we would do is have the repeal go into effect at some date in the future, and give us the time in the mean time to develop the alternative, but I just don’t think we got 50 votes…but I’m okay with pursuing it and maybe the fact that we gotten into this dilemma would change people’s minds about that approach, but I’m not sure that it would.”