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Monday, July 31, 2017

Trump urges Republican senators not to give up on healthcare!

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and members of his administration on Sunday urged Republican senators not to give up trying to pass a healthcare bill, after they failed last week to muster enough votes to repeal and replace parts of Obamacare.
For the second day running Trump tweeted his impatience with Congress’ inability to accomplish its seven-year goal of replacing the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare bill commonly known as Obamacare, while members of his administration took to the airwaves to try to goad lawmakers into action. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said he would implement Obamacare because it is currently the law.
“Don’t give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace …” the president said in a tweet.On Friday, Senate Republicans failed to collect enough votes to repeal even a few parts of Obamacare. That capped a week of failed Senate votes on whether to simply repeal, or repeal and replace, the 2010 law, which has provided some 20 million previously uninsured Americans with health coverage.
Republican congressional leaders have suggested they are ready to move on to other issues, but Trump as well as his advisers over the weekend seemed unwilling to let the matter go.
“The president will not accept those who said, quote, ‘it’s time to move on,’” Kellyanne Conway, a senior counselor to Trump, said on Fox News on Sunday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, had made exactly that comment before dawn on Friday morning after the failed healthcare vote. The White House budget director, Mick Mulvaney, said on Sunday lawmakers should stay in session to get something done on healthcare — even if this means postponing votes on other issues such as raising the debt ceiling.
The House of Representatives has already left Washington for the annual August recess; the Senate is expected to stay another week before recessing.
“So yes. They need to stay. They need to work. They need to pass something,” Mulvaney said on CNN.
Mulvaney also said Trump was seriously considering carrying out threats he tweeted about on Saturday, when the president said that “if a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!”
That tweet appeared to be referring to the approximately $8 billion in cost-sharing reduction subsidies the federal government pays to insurers to lower the price of health coverage for low-income Americans.
The Saturday tweet also appeared to be a threat to end the employer contribution for members of Congress and their staffs, who were moved from the normal federal employee healthcare benefits programme onto the Obamacare insurance exchanges as part of the 2010 healthcare law.
“What he’s saying is, look, if Obamacare is hurting the American people — and it is — then why shouldn’t it hurt insurance companies and more importantly, perhaps for this discussion, members of Congress-” Mulvaney said on Sunday on CNN.
— Reuters

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