But McConnell is showing no interest in that strategy. More conservative Republicans, meanwhile, were frustrated that it didn't repeal the law in its entirety. Although the top White House legislative official, Marc Short, said Sunday on Fox News that McConnell sent two bills to CBO for scoring, that's not exactly the case. Ben Sasse of Nebraska recommended for "maximum repeal" first and then wants to have a conversation about "real replacement". But that idea was rejected months ago by GOP leaders in the House and Senate. Doing otherwise would invite accusations that Republicans were simply tossing people off coverage and roil insurance markets by raising the question of whether, when and how Congress might replace Obama's law once it was gone.
President Trump is pressuring Republican senators to back a bill to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature health care law but is holding open a repeal-option if Republicans can not reach an agreement over the July 4 recess, a White House aide said Sunday.
The idea isn't without supporters in the Senate.
Later that day, McConnell told reporters after an event in his home state of Kentucky that the health bill was challenging but "we are going to stick with that path".
Obamacare: Donald Trump, the President, declared that if the lawmakers did not reach the deal, he would replace the 'Obamacare'.
Trump is trying to replace the Obamacare, Still in Progress
Trump says: "If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!"
On "Fox and Friends" Friday, Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who's said he opposes the bill, which would do both at once.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a vote until after the recess, saying he and his leadership team are "still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place" to vote for the bill. He's trying to nail down changes by this weekend to assure the bill's passage after the July 4 recess.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin originally promised that the Trump administration would get tax reform passed by August, but Republican lawmakers have said that won't happen until health reform is passed. But it could help attract votes from moderate Republican senators. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has dismissed the suggestion. 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?