President Donald Trump on Monday prodded U.S. Congress to pass major healthcare legislation but huge obstacles remained in the Senate as key lawmakers in his party voiced pessimism about the chances of rolling back the Obamacare law.
The bill is one of the most unpopular pieces of legislation, and Republicans are struggling to bridge divides between conservatives, who claim it doesn’t go far enough to repeal the Obama’s signature health care law and moderates who fear they could pay a political price, if, as predicted by the Congressional Budget Office, the bill results in many Americans losing access to health care.
“I cannot imagine that Congress would dare leave Washington without a beautiful new Healthcare bill fully approved and ready to go!” he wrote early Monday morning on Twitter.
His tweet came as two moderate Republican senators indicated Sunday that the initial GOP bill to repeal and replace the nation’s healthcare law was probably “dead” and Trump’s proposal to just repeal it appears to be a “nonstarter.”
“If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to private health insurance markets must occur,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “No action is not an alternative. We’ve got the insurance markers imploding all over the country, including in this state.”
“My view is it’s probably going to be dead,” Arizona Sen. John McCain said. “I fear that it’s going to fail.”
The Senate legislation would phase out the Medicaid expansion, cut federal Medicaid spending beginning in 2025, repeal most of Obamacare’s taxes, end a penalty on American citizens who do not obtain insurance and overhaul Obamacare’s subsidies to help people buy insurance with tax credits.