Meanwhile, McConnell squashed yet another one of the president's latest suggestions, that Senate rules be changed to allow major laws to only require 51 votes and not 60. This past week, voting for a new health care bill reform took place where members of the predominantly Republican Senate left many people in shock. If Republicans loved this country as they should instead of thinking only of themselves, they would be in the process of impeaching the worst president in history.
After being diagnosed with brain cancer just 10 days prior, Senator McCain returned to Washington to cast the unexpected vote to kill the Senate's closest attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act. For that to happen, Republicans must get over their fear of crossing the GOP's tea-party wing, which has been calling the Republican senators who refused to support the repeal effort traitors. They want to cut rates for corporations and individuals and simplify the tax code, though numerous details are still unknown.
An appeals court has allowed a group of Democratic state attorneys general to defend the subsidy payments in a case filed by the Republican-led House of Representatives, potentially making it more hard for the administration to settle the case.
Several Republican and Democrat lawmakers agree that Congress needs to prevent a collapse of the health insurance market, which could hurt millions of consumers - and that concern has opened up some bipartisan dialogue.
"We will hear from state insurance commissioners, patients, governors, health care experts and insurance companies", said Sen.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., listens to a question while speaking with the media, June 27, 2017.
Republican, Democratic and even bipartisan plans for reshaping parts of the Obama health care law are proliferating in Congress.
"I can't believe people sit around brag about it and praise it and say we should keep it" he said.
The current plan is to have the Senate work through next week, and then go home for a three week summer break - without a new Senate vote on the health care issue.
"While the speaker appreciates members coming together to promote ideas, he remains focused on repealing and replacing Obamacare", AshLee Strong said.