Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected the strategy when he told a gathering of Republicans in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, that "failure has to be possible or you can't have success". The best case scenario for the republicans would be to treat this monstrous affront to decency the way you would a broken down vehicle.
What all this means for the politics of health care right now is that a bipartisan approach can only help with fixing or improving the Affordable Care Act; choosing bipartisanship would nearly by definition be a total surrender of the goal of "repeal and replace", at least as long as Democrats say they want to keep Obamacare in place. On Tuesday, after a weekly lunch with his GOP colleagues, McConnell announced that the vote would be pushed until after the July 4 break - an acknowledgment that he simply didn't have 50 votes (or anywhere close to it) in support of the legislation.
It is time for Americans to come together to do what is best for the country.
Last January, even before taking office, Trump insisted that repeal and replace legislation be approved nearly simultaneously - within hours or days of each other - despite a preference by many congressional leaders to pass repeal legislation but postpone its effective date for a year or more while a new approach is developed.
Before Trump was inaugurated in January, Republicans debated and ultimately discarded the idea of repealing the Affordable Care Act before replacing it, concluding that both must happen simultaneously.
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But others on Capitol Hill sounded annoyed.
It could be that President Trump paid attention as soon afterwards he sent out a tweet today that stated "If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date".
The Kentucky Republican was adamant about the timing of the vote, right up until he wasn't anymore.
Marc Short with President Trump.
It's ludicrous that there aren't the votes to repeal Obamacare outright. Ben Sasse of Nebraska recommended for "maximum repeal" first and then wants to have a conversation about "real replacement".
Now, when the opportunity to repeal the law successfully is in front of them, Congress demurs. Republicans have discovered they can't fix health care without paying for it, and keeping Obamacare's 3.8 percent surtax on investment income would provide $172 billion in extra funding over 10 years. All the damage done by Obamacare will be placed on Republican's shoulders by Democrats eager to wash their hands of the disaster.
On a Friday conference call with reporters, officials at several conservative advocacy groups said it does not repeal the Affordable Care Act forcefully enough.
Republicans opposed Obamacare, of course, because they decided in 2008 to oppose everything that President Obama tried to do.
GOP factionalism in the Senate will nearly certainly prevent coming to an agreement that could pass muster in the House.
"The message is that they're trying to find more money to throw at the problem", says Dan Holler, Heritage Action's vice president.