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Trump on Friday tweeted the suggestion to repeal Obamacare right away and then replace it later, an approach that GOP leaders and the president himself dismissed months ago.
That's an approach advocated by Kentucky Republican Sen.
Sanders says the White House is focused on the "end product" which she says is repealing and replacing the health care law. An avid watcher of "Fox and Friends", President Trump took to Twitter after the Sasse interview and advocated for a similar position. Rand Paul of Kentucky also claimed credit for recommending the tactic to the president in a conversation earlier in the week.
"We are going to stick with that path" McConnell said in response to a question about the president's tweet, according to a report by ABC.
In January, Paul seemed to warn about the exact dangers that he's now advocating, particularly the political dangers to repealing Obamacare without a follow-through plan to replace it.
As a White House official insisted Sunday that the Senate is on the verge of passing a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, a key opponent of the bill said exactly the opposite.
McConnell says he intends to proceed with GOP legislation being negotiated during the week-long recess.
McConnell, R-Ky., has been trying to strike deals with members of both factions in order to finalize a rewritten bill lawmakers can vote on when they return to the Capitol the second week of July.
It's move that Republicans have tried in 2015, but don't seem to have the votes to push it through this time - many party senators oppose repealing the law - popularly known as Obamacare - without replacing it with a new one.
They considered it politically unwise, since it could draw accusations that Republicans are simply tossing people off coverage without helping them get medical care.
The idea also would leave unresolved the quandary lawmakers are struggling with now, about how to replace the ACA's system of online insurance markets, tax subsidies and an expanded Medicaid with something that could get enough Republican votes to pass Congress. House Republicans barely passed their version of a replacement bill in May, and the task is proving even tougher in the Senate, where McConnell has nearly no margin for error.
Axios reports that GOP senators have asked the Congressional Budget Office to analyze Cruz's proposal and have asked for a score that includes his changes and a score that doesn't include his changes.
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is declining to comment on the president's suggestion that the Senate vote now to repeal the Obama health care law, and vote later to replace it. Even before Trump weighed in, though, it wasn't clear how far he was getting.