Obamacare Collapse Takes New Form: Number of Uninsured Surges

GOP reform effort teeters as system buckles, increasingly hinges on Cruz, Lee amendment

by Kathryn Blackhurst | Updated 11 Jul 2017 at 6:34 AM

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As the fate of the Senate GOP’s partial repeal and replace hangs in the balance, some have either floated or threatened the idea of turning to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and the Democratic caucus to retain Obamacare and fix parts of it.

“Every Republican in the House and the Senate, as well as this president and this administration, promised the American people that we would repeal and replace Obamacare,” Vice President Mike Pence said Monday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” “And the Senate now is literally within weeks of being able to deliver on that promise to the American people — the legislation before the Senate, for which there is not yet agreement, but we are close.”

"If you want to see Congress repeal and replace Obamacare, now is the time to let your voice be heard, because we're certainly hearing from the advocates of single-payer health care," Pence added. "We need to be hearing from Americans who want to repeal and replace Obamacare because we are very close."

But if McConnell fails to rally his caucus, he very well may be forced to crawl to Schumer and compromise even further than the GOP caucus already is.

"When they're not able to get together on what to do and they're not able to put together enough bribes and subsidies to do it that make the bill look like anything like a replacement and repeal bill and doesn't hurt the middle class … McConnell's going to have to go to Schumer, and he's going to have to say, 'Hey, how do we work this out?'" Oskoui said.

"You know the people who talk about some sort of compromise bill, you know, it's interesting — they never tell you what that looks like. Let me tell you what that bill looks like — it basically looks like Obamacare but with more subsidies shoved at the states," he added.

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