"You've never had that before".
This is the second time the entire conference has been summoned to the White House. Faced with such grand failure, the man who, less than 100 days into office predicted that he will become the most successful president in recent history, is now returning to his vindictive roots and turning his target onto fellow Republicans. And that mix of policies would create a nightmarish scenario for insurers, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
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"People are hurting. Inaction is not an option", Trump said at the White House lunch on Wednesday.
Just two years ago, 15 of Kentucky's 65 rural hospitals were in danger of closing. Later the group backed off. With 52 Republican Senators in the chamber and universal opposition from the Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only afford two defections.
"See, that hasn't been decided".
He already has a Democratic challenger - U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen - and a primary opponent from within the GOP isn't out of the question. "The president is all in on this", he said. "We're still discussing", he said.
Are the liberal Republicans who control the Senate liars, backstabbers or just incompetent?
Trump said the pair spoke for about 15 minutes at the dinner and said the conversation consisted of "pleasantries more than anything else" - though he said he and Putin also discussed adoption. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Shelley Moore Capito - declared they would not support a motion to proceed to a vote on straight repeal. "We have no choice".
This is not to say that it would be easy or simple to fix what is wrong with Obamacare, whose shortcomings have long been obvious. It was interrupted by prayer after the lawmakers learned that McCain, 80, had a cancerous brain tumor.
Heller has been joined in Nevada by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, who also opposed the GOP bill to replace ObamaCare.
The report finds that if the bill were to pass, 17 million people would lose health insurance in 2018 simply by repealing the individual mandate.
"Look, the agenda is imperiled right now".
"Stop playing games with the ACA". "It really means, can we come together as a conference, can we come together as a Republican Party, can we come together on a signature piece of legislation we've talked about for seven years?" And if we end up voting on repeal only, it will be fully amendable on the Senate floor.