"The proposed cuts would leave millions of Americans, including 17.4 million poor seniors and people with disabilities, at risk of losing the care they need and their ability to live independently in their homes and communities", AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond said. Despite the addition of an extra $120 million in spending, the agency found that the proposal would have results that are similar to McConnell's earlier effort.
Thirty-two million more people would become uninsured over the next decade under a plan to repeal Obamacare now and replace it later, according to a cost estimate released Wednesday evening by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). As of Wednesday afternoon, it was unclear whether the bill would be a repeal-only bill, or one that would also include a replacement. "People are hurting. Inaction is not an option and frankly I don't think we should leave town unless we have a health insurance plan", he said.
Lawmakers have also continually expressed frustration at Trump's lack of engagement on the healthcare push and his seeming lack of knowledge on the issue when he does attempt to assist on the bill.
Trump, who had campaigned heavily on a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, the signature legislative achievement of former Democratic President Barack Obama, took a hands-off approach to the healthcare debate last week.
Faced with defeat on healthcare and backed into a corner by Democrats, Trump's instincts may be starting to fail him.
But that vote will be on a resurrected bill to repeal Obamacare without a replacement at the ready.
They don't have the votes for repeal and replace.
JOHN FEEHERY: Perhaps, you know, doing a primetime address where he looks in the camera and says, this is why I want all the Republican senators to vote for his legislation.
Top Republicans are trying to revive the legislation.
Pence and Priebus worked the room, talking to nearly every senator present and urging them not to concede defeat.
While President Trump was dining with supporters of the legislation on Tuesday, two conservatives, Sens.
But after a late-night emergency meeting on how to win over holdouts appeared to yield no progress, senators expressed irritation.
"Even though he is not himself very conservative, most of his voters identify as conservative".
The New York Times reported, "A Republican senator, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he wanted to preserve his relationship with Mr. Trump, put it more bluntly".
But if the numbers of uninsured are staggering, then the increase in premiums for those who have their insurance either through Obamacare-established marketplaces or private purchase, is equally disconcerting. But in the hyper-partisan fantasyland of Washington, he's being delusional.
Understanding McConnell's strategy requires some inside-baseball knowledge of how the Senate works.
When Senators Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), and Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia) said they wouldn't vote for what they'd voted for before that effectively killed repeal. On Monday, after two GOP senators said they would vote against a key procedural vote to bring the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) to the floor, effectively killing the bill, Trump said that Republicans should immediately repeal Obamacare. That compares with the 20 million who have become insured under Obamacare, as the Affordable Care Act is known.
And while the Republicans stumble and continue the infighting, the watching Democrats claim victory. But who else is there? "I'm not going to own it, I can tell you".