If Schumer is serious, he should appoint a panel of Democrats that is willing to cooperate to serve as his side's negotiators.
In an attempt to revive the seemingly dead Senate healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), Trump invited the entire Senate Republican conference to the White House for a luncheon. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania huddled in the office of Republican Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso of Wyoming to discuss policy issues, but largely avoiding any talk of strategy or timing. Rand Paul, R-Ky. After the second version of the Senate's health care bill was killed by Sens. Trump said of the failed Obamacare repeal effort.
Neither bill has enough support among Republicans to pass in the Senate. The House Republican plan eliminated taxes for various groups and rolled back the Medicaid expansions that extended health coverage for millions of Americans. "He wants to remain a senator, doesn't he?"
Yet Republicans abandoned that idea in January, and some still consider it risky. With a narrow 52-48 Republican majority, their fight for votes becomes even more difficult.
That is far higher than the 22 million the CBO forecast would lose coverage under the latest repeal-and-replace legislation. Instead of cooperation, Republicans would have to endure an onslaught of politically toxic Democratic amendments, as Senate Democrats forced them to cast one vote after another designed to make them look like monsters come Election Day. Three-quarters of the nation would live in areas with no insurers participating in the individual market by 2026 - leaving many without an option if they do not have employer-provided or government health insurance, such as Medicare or Medicaid. We can kill this bill, too.
Trump, Ryan and McConnell overlooked that public opinion on Obamacare had changed since they began calling for its repeal and replacement seven years ago. "'We'll repeal, we'll replace, and he's never going to sign it.' But I'm signing it. So it's a little bit different", Trump said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky this week pulled the bill from debate after at least two Republican senators withdrew their support. Trump has vacillated several times from preferring straight repeal to pushing for concurrent replacement. "The same way we got rid of Obama without a good plan to replace him", Meyers said. Eliminating the deduction would raise about $1.3 trillion over the next decade, which could pay for a lot of other tax cuts.
Fortunately, others are praising the women for standing up against legislation that would be terrible for women's health care. It could be worse, only 15 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress has been doing.