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McConnell will keep Senate in past recess

12 July 2017

"I'm very pessimistic", Sen.

Baldwin said she met with people with pre-existing health conditions who feared they wouldn't be able to obtain coverage - or could have health care access restricted through lifetime or annual coverage limits - if the Republican health care changes are enacted.

Senate Republicans are expected to release a revised version of their health care bill, which they dubbed the Better Care Reconciliation Act, to the public later this week.

McConnell has signaled that if the repeal plan fails, a bipartisan fix of Obamacare might be needed.

But there's been widespread fear in the GOP about returning home for the summer without any major legislative victories to hold up on key campaign promises such as health care. "This has been a central promise Republicans have made to the voters for seven years".

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GOP Senate leaders had hoped to pass a bill before last week's July 4 weekend but the votes just weren't there.

The announcement came shortly after a group of senators, mostly freshmen, called for leaders to skip the August recess so the Senate could handle critical business, including health care and tax reform. McConnell complained about the lack of cooperation from Democrats on the nominations.

The Kentucky Republican cast blame on Democrats, fiercely opposed to the proposed health bill, for the delay of the traditional August recess.

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, for one, seems ready to get serious; he has said he won't vote for a bill that guts Medicaid, and that would hurt elderly and disabled Americans and already struggling rural hospitals.

Cruz's plan, which aims to lower premiums for healthy people, has drawn support from the White House and some conservatives in the House, which would have to approve any modified bill passed by the Senate.

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There are Republicans on Capitol Hill who have privately suggested sitting down with Democrats, but so far that hasn't happened publicly. They need to realize they're not the smartest people in the world and the world does not evolve around them.

"Even if we get through health care, we only have 31 working days left before the end of the fiscal year, and we have the debt ceiling to get through, the budget for 2018, and the appropriations process to fund the government before September", listed Sen.

Yet President Donald Trump put pressure on GOP leaders with an early morning tweet on Monday to pass an ACA repeal and replacement bill before Congress's August recess.

Cassidy and Priebus appeared on "Fox News Sunday", Cruz spoke on ABC's "This Week" and CBS' "Face the Nation", and McCain was on CBS.

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McConnell will keep Senate in past recess