In January, Paul seemed to warn about the exact dangers that he's now advocating, particularly the political dangers to repealing Obamacare without a follow-through plan to replace it. Several Republican senators signed on to Trump's plan, including Sen.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), another advocate of orchestrating separate votes on repealing and replacing the law, said "I don't think we're getting anywhere with the bill", even as McConnell and other GOP leaders have been cutting deals with moderates and conservatives that add hundreds of billions of dollars to the cost and preserve key elements of Obamacare. Who would have thought a bill crafted in a bunker by legacy members of the Skull and Bones Society with the express objective of taking away poor people's access to competent health care so rich folk could heat their pools would be met by public backlash?
The idea of repeal and then work on replace later was widely rejected by both House and Senate Republicans and the White House just a few months ago for obvious reasons.
"If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date", Trump tweeted Friday morning. "We hope that [when senators] come back the week after [their July 4th] recess, we'll have a vote".
"We're getting close", White House Director for Legislative Affairs Marc Short said on "Fox News Sunday". He has previously indicated that if Republicans fail to reach agreement, he will have to negotiate with Democrats, who want to fix Obama's health care law without repealing it.
The money from the tax boost would instead be used to bolster proposed health care subsidies for lower-income people.
Information for this article was contributed by Juliet Eilperin, Sean Sullivan, Kelsey Snell, Ashley Cusick, Mike DeBonis, David Weigel and Ed O'Keefe of The Washington Post; by Erica Werner and Alan Fram of The Associated Press; by Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear of The New York Times. And given how impossible it has been for Republicans to agree upon a replacement, chances are this would turn out to be repeal only.
"We think that Leader McConnell and his senators within the Senate are working to try to get this piece of legislation on track", Price said.
"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. The president ran on repeal and replace. "We should do repeal, with a delay". 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 Obama's law once it was gone. They hope to win over conservatives by eliminating numerous Affordable Care Act's insurance mandates and allowing higher tax deductions through expanded health-savings accounts. "If we can't, though, then there's no reason to walk away". The Senate version would still cut Medicaid, only not as much as the version House Republicans passed.
Ohio Governor John Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate, said on ABC's "This Week" that repealing Obamacare without a replacement won't work because "you can't leave people without what they need".