Senate Republicans begin the mad dash to unite 50 of their members on an Obamacare repeal bill before recess at the end of this week. More changes to the legislation are expected to win over skeptical Republicans, and the nonpartisan CBO later on Monday is expected to project major coverage losses when it releases its score of the Senate bill.
Here’s the latest on the repeal effort:
Senate adds coverage provision, 9 a.m.: As expected, the Senate has added to its bill a continuous coverage provision that blocks people from buying health insurance if they’ve gone without coverage for at least six months. That provision is meant to encourage healthy people to buy insurance instead of waiting until they get sick. More revisions to the Senate legislation could come over the next couple of days. Read more here.
Trump blasts Democrats as “OBSTRUCTIONISTS” again, 8:30 a.m.: President Donald Trump kicked off Monday morning with another Twitter outburst focused on two main targets: the Obama administration’s response to Russian hacking and Democrats’ refusal to work with Republicans to dismantle Obamacare. On the latter, he said Republican senators are “working very hard” to agree on a bill. “Not easy! Perhaps just let OCare crash & burn!” As that Trump tweet indicates, the GOP is still struggling to round up the 50 votes they need to pass their bill.