Republican leaders are aware of the risks that the president and some of the party's lawmakers floated by suggesting not to replace the health care legislation at the same time as its repealed.
Paul said he believes that Senate Republicans can do a repeal-only bill concurrently with a bill "they can call 'replace'". Congressional Republicans had considered earlier this year first repealing, then replacing Obamacare, but backed away after some lawmakers protested that that approach could create a gap in insurance coverage for millions.
Senate Republicans had given themselves an unrealistic deadline of coming up with a bill reconciling the demands of their conservative and moderate members by Friday, before lawmakers broke for a long recess for July 4, the USA independence day. The fact that McConnell then planned to jam that bill through the Senate to vote before Americans (senators in particular) had time to read and debate its pros and cons says they are scared what their constituents might find in this bill. Doing otherwise would invite accusations that Republicans were simply tossing people off coverage and would roil insurance markets by raising the question of whether, when and how Congress might replace the 2010 law once it was gone. Even before Trump weighed in, though, it wasn't clear how far he was getting. It would still provide inadequate subsidies to working poor Americans to help them buy less-comprehensive health insurance.
Paul pushed the Senate for a clean repeal. The fact that Republicans chose to write their health care coverage proposal while hiding speaks volumes about their lack of confidence that Americans will support it. An avid watcher of "Fox and Friends", President Trump took to Twitter after the Sasse interview and advocated for a similar position.
The idea also would leave unresolved the quandary lawmakers are struggling with now, about how to replace Obama'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.
The money from the tax boost would instead be used to bolster proposed health care subsidies for lower-income people.
After postponing a scheduled vote on his plan last week, McConnell waged a behind the scenes charm offensive largely aimed at recalcitrant moderate Republicans, including a proposal to preserve one of the Obamacare law's taxes on high-income people to free up $172 billion for Medicaid.
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"The bill is just being lit up like a Christmas tree full of billion-dollar ornaments, and it's not repeal", Paul said, referencing the wheeling and dealing going on behind closed doors to moderate senators such as a $45 billion check to fight heroin abuse and maintaining some of Obamacare's taxes on the wealthy.
Given the current impasse, the bill continues to come under attack from both the right and left flanks of the GOP.
The CAP plan has three main components - two of which are already included in Senate Republicans' Better Care Reconciliation Act.
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"If we can do a combined repeal and replace over the next week, that's great", Sasse said.