Now, facing an enormous challenge in the Senate on health care, Trump and his team are opting for a hands-off approach on legislation to dismantle the "Obamacare" law, instead putting their faith in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deliver a legacy-defining victory.
"The Senate health bill isn't about health care at all-it's a wealth transfer: slashes care to fund tax cuts for the wealthy & corporations". "I think we're going to get there", he said.
After seven years of attacking Obamacare as everything from a socialist conspiracy to a plot to pull the plug on grandma and after three years of complaining about Obamacare's high premiums and deductibles, the Republicans' long-promised replacement is effectively just Obamacare with much higher costs for consumers. But unlike the House version of the legislation, it's not called the American Health Care Act.
U.S. President Donald Trump is bemoaning what he calls "the level of hostility" among the parties that has stymied bipartisanship.
The Senate plan would keep these payments going through 2019, then start shrinking them in 2020 - cynically delaying their demise for a couple of election cycles to give cowering senators cover from otherwise-angered constituents.
MARTIN: So what does the Senate bill do? That holds bad implications for Florida, the state with the highest percentage of senior citizens. But, like the House version, the Senate's bill also aims to phase out the portion of Obamacare that provides federal funding for states to expand medicaid. They're not just the poor. "They can't afford the nursing home". The column cited Harvard researchers who predicted the Senate bill could lead to the death of 18,000 to 28,000 people in 2026.
The Senate plan eliminates Obamacare's individual mandate, which many Americans will see as a good thing. We would not have individuals lose coverage that they want for themselves and for their family. "Let's have the integrity to show the American people what it is". And who will pay for this?
We've already been hearing from lawmakers, medical advocacy groups and insurers these last couple of days, so we wanted to turn to somebody who has been covering health policy for quite some time.
That bill has an insanely low 16 percent approval rating, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
The KFF poll notes that "proposed Medicaid changes were not initially a major point of discussion surrounding consideration of the House bill... which may partly explain why many respondents were unaware of its effect". Seventy-four percent of those polled, meanwhile, said they have a favorable opinion of Medicaid.
Ernst declined to comment on any other provisions during a news conference at the Iowa Capitol, saying, "We have 142 pages to go through".
The debate underscores the partisan divide in overhauling ObamaCare - former President Barack Obama's signature, 2010 health care law that extends health coverage to millions more Americans but has also struggled with rising premium costs and fewer premium options.