Trump hosts GOP senators at White House to talk next steps on health-care bill

The repeal bill will eliminate Obamacare's core components, including its individual mandate and employer mandate.
By Mae Owen | Jul 21, 2017
President Trump and a gathering of Senate Republicans met at the White House on Wednesday and hashed out plans for a new bill to repeal Obamacare without offering any concrete replacement. Trump scolded Republicans for the failure of their Obamacare-replacement bill this week and ordered them not to go on their traditional August recess unless they first pass a health-care bill.
"I don't think we should leave town unless we have a health insurance plan, unless we can give our people great health care," he said. "For seven years you've promised the American people that you would repeal Obamacare. People are hurting. Inaction is not an option."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to admit defeat Monday on the GOP's alternative to Obamacare when four GOP senators made clear that they would not vote for it. In its place, McConnell plans to introduce a simple Obamacare-repeal bill next week.
The repeal bill will eliminate Obamacare's core components, including its individual mandate and employer mandate. It will also allow insurance companies to sell insurance across state lines, a change that proponents say would spur more competition and lower premiums.
The repeal-only bill may not have enough support, either, however. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Shelley Moore Capito, (R-W.V.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) all said that they will not vote for repealing Obamacare unless there is an alternative to replace it. With only 52 GOP seats in the Senate and Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) still on medical leave following surgery last week, McConnell and colleagues do not appear to have the votes.

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