Rand Paul (R-KY) threw a Hail Mary pass, urging his colleagues to vote on a bill that would simply repeal the Affordable Care Act without creating anything to take its place. Echoing McConnell, Cassidy said Republicans may have to pass legislation instead to stabilize the insurance markets.
Asked if he could support the bill, Sen.
One key lawmaker, Senator John McCain, told CBS on Sunday, "My view is that it's probably going to be dead".
"If there were a Joy of Cooking for insurance, this would be the ideal recipe for destabilizing the market and turning the marketplaces into high-risk pools", said Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
He suggested that Republicans go back to the drawing board and get the piece of legislation through in a more normal way. "It was civil, I thought", Marsh said afterward. The Congressional Budget Office says 22 million fewer people would have insurance by 2026 under the Senate bill.
"You are increasing the likelihood that there will be some smaller, sicker group with higher rates", Connolly said.
While Republicans have 52 seats in the upper chamber and enjoy majority power, Republicans can only afford two defections to pass the bill with Vice President Pence casting a tie-breaking vote.
Other GOP senators seemed to move further away from supporting the legislation during the break.
"Compared to how optimistic I was the week before now ..."
On the other side of the debate, Ohio Sentor Sherrod Brown says that rather than repealing and replacing Obamacare, it could be possible to fix the problems with the current healthcare system.
Sasse said Republicans who decide to work with Democrats prematurely indicate 'keeping your word is not something to take seriously, ' as Republicans have promised constituents that they would repeal and replace Obamacare for seven years.
Cruz on Sunday sought to dismiss Grassley's criticism as a "hoax" being pushed by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, insisting that people will be able to get the coverage they need at an affordable price.
"I know a lot of conservatives who are more upset with Republicans than with Democrats", she added.
Several hours after Sen. While a contingent of moderate Republicans in the Senate hinted at opposing the Senate plan, Cruz and other conservatives announced they couldn't support the bill. "Now I talked to the president about it, and he was very receptive".
The amendment, authored by Sen.
Right now the CBO is scoring two plans, one of which includes the Cruz plan. But when Barack Obama won re-election and could safeguard (and prop up) Obamacare through its early years, the Republican chance to repeal was gone. "I believe we can get to yes, I don't know if we will".
Senate GOP leadership has signaled the idea is a non-starter even after it got the backing of Trump and a growing number of senators.
Odd said his constituents favored repealing Obamacare and replacing it later, if that was necessary, but explained, "Time will tell when we return to Washington". As they try to garner more votes, we've got to try to garner more public outrage. When Austin retiree Gary Marsh stood up and said, "Can I please request that you refer to it as the Affordable Care Act?"
"I have no hope that we're going to bring him around, our best hope is to call attention to this", said Ryan Stone, a 33-year-old accountant and city council member from the nearby town of Manor.