The GOP's struggles over the latest measures came down to differences between moderates who feared the implications of a full-blown repeal, and conservatives who wanted nothing less.
Americans overwhelmingly want lawmakers of both parties to work out health care changes, with only 13 percent supporting Republican moves to repeal "Obamacare" absent a replacement, according to a new poll. That will make it more likely to comply with Senate rules that will allow it to be passed with a simple majority.
His two attempts to craft legislation replacing Obama's law have collapsed for lack of GOP support.
As Chuck Grassley of Iowa got on board the bus that would ferry senators to the Trump lunch, he tweeted: "I'm eager to replace Obamacare and I'm the first one on the bus to the Whitehouse to find the magic to get to 'yes'".
Trump on Wednesday suggested senators should stay in Washington and delay their August recess until they get a repeal and replace done, another shift in his position on the matter. This paranoid jingoism is just as palpable in President Trump's self-victimizing Tweets and his followers' rumblings about a deep state coup against their dear leader.
With a fresh outlook, Republicans might look anew at proposals to shore up the private insurance market and facilitate necessary cost-sharing and reinsurance payments to insurance companies.
A senator for 33 years, the 75-year-old McConnell has a reputation for weaving compromises that avert onrushing political disasters. But he said McConnell should have known that "rewriting the health care system of America on the fly and in secret was not going to work". I use a motorized wheelchair and employ a crew of people to assist me with daily tasks like dressing, bathing and getting out of bed. Nickell said rural hospitals are essential to their community. There was also solid opposition to Medicaid cuts (62 percent) and overwhelming disapproval (78 percent) for allowing insurers to raise premiums for older adults beyond what is currently permitted. He called for wholesale renegotiation of trade agreements.
"We're discussing that", Cornyn said when asked if the BCRA would make a comeback.
These counties are mostly rural, with low population density. Some have gained access to care; others have lost it.
All of this is why the Plan B endorsed by President Donald Trump - to revert to a repeal-only bill if the current bill fails - is a non-starter. For Republicans, nothing was as exhilarating as repealing Obamacare without consequence.
The CBO predicts that the end of the mandates and of the subsidies while the ACA's insurance reforms remained in place would drive dramatic increases in premiums.
"The majority leader is trying to keep all the frogs in the wheelbarrow, and it's a tough job", Murkowski said. John McCain, R-Ariz., had surgery last week to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. Zero Democrats will vote in favor of anything this President does.
FreedomWorks, like Club for Growth, is making the repeal of Obamacare "a key vote", meaning it will weight it heavily on lawmaker scorecards. All of the commonsense solutions, even minor ones that could no doubt receive bipartisan approval, are always just beyond the horizon.
What was Trump's goal? Jeff Flake. White House staff are reportedly speaking with potential candidates to run against the senator from Arizona.
That doesn't mean Republicans' desire to repeal the law is gone and it doesn't mean that Democrats are going to suddenly join hands with Republicans.