A bipartisan Senate effort to continue federal payments to insurers and avert a costly rattling of health insurance markets faces a dicey future.
Another way leadership hopes to help its members avoid talking about the GOP's health care failure is providing them with the tools needed to pivot the conversation to rewriting the tax code.
Into the fray has stepped Sen. Last month, McConnell - under pressure from restive junior Republicans - announced the Senate would stay in session for the first two weeks of August.
"They're eager to show voters that they will work with Democrats and Republicans to do whatever is best for their state", he said.
By 81 percent to 14 percent in a recent Quinnipiac University poll, voters called for bipartisan hearings on any changes to the health care law.
There are many problems with the program, which is in dire need of reform. There is even talk of collaborating with Democrats on important stuff, thus working on behalf of an entire nation, rather than a few ideological malcontents.
Democrats are skeptical Republicans can pull that off with a tax overhaul.
"We have got a fractured country", he said. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., a committee member.More news: Charlize Theron is great, but 'Atomic Blonde' fizzles
In a written statement calling the legislation "significantly flawed", Trump concluded with this curious rationale: "I built a truly great company worth many billions of dollars". Richard Shelby, R-Ala. "I don't know if I want to prop it up". A public option would offer government-run insurance as an alternative to private-sector plans.Conservatives deplore the idea, saying a government plan could afford to run the private plans out of the market. These subsidies assist to lower the out-of-pocket costs for policy holders earning low incomes. It also requires the government to reimburse insurers for those costs. As a result, Barack Obama chose to go around Congress and spend the money anyway. Both Obama and Trump have continued making the payments as the case has dragged on. So with full control of Washington, barely more Republicans feel they are winning (42 percent) than Democrats who said the same when they had only the president and four-plus years of Washington gridlock. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. His Democratic co-sponsor, Chris Coons of DE, said constitutional due process "depends on a system of checks and balances, grounded in the fundamental premise that no one is above the law".
"Basically it's what we passed last time, brought up-to-date with the new challenges", McCain said.
Alexander said Wednesday that he has kept McConnell apprised of his effort.
But if you're Senator John McCain, apparently you hunt for all your old Senate Democrat pals for direction and grounding.
But Alexander does have allies.
Several permutations of "replace and repeal" of Obamacare were voted down by comfortable margins.
In addition to the White House, the political network associated with the billionaire brothers Charles Koch and David Koch has is trying to prod the vulnerable Democrats to join the Republicans. Alexis Simendinger of Real Clear Politics reports, "The reconciliation technique, which depends on passing a fiscal 2018 budget and is laden with rules and protocols that [White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc] Short likened to "threading a needle, ' could be bypassed if eight Senate Democrats facing tough re-election bids next year chose to join their Republican colleagues to cut individual and corporate tax rates and eliminate what [Treasury Secretary Steven] Mnuchin described as 'huge" deductions".
They also point to polling data that suggests that Obamacare has become more popular than not, a curious finding considered that the system is still in a death spiral.