Magazine Article | June 22, 2017

Path Forward On Obamacare Replacement?

By John McManus, president and founder, The McManus Group

After the House of Representatives passed The American Health Care Act — the bill that would replace Obamacare — by a razor-thin margin, consideration moved to the Senate, where Republicans have only two votes to spare to secure passage.

At an unusual White House rose garden ceremony celebrating House passage, only the first step in the legislative process, President Trump called the legislation “extremely well crafted” and a “great plan” that will end the “suffering” and “ravages” of Obamacare. Forty days later, while meeting with Senate Republicans, he characterized that same bill as “mean, mean, mean,” one source told the AP. Another said the president used even more colorful language, characterizing the bill a “son of a bitch.”

After the House of Representatives passed The American Health Care Act — the bill that would replace Obamacare — by a razor-thin margin, consideration moved to the Senate, where Republicans have only two votes to spare to secure passage.

At an unusual White House rose garden ceremony celebrating House passage, only the first step in the legislative process, President Trump called the legislation “extremely well crafted” and a “great plan” that will end the “suffering” and “ravages” of Obamacare. Forty days later, while meeting with Senate Republicans, he characterized that same bill as “mean, mean, mean,” one source told the AP. Another said the president used even more colorful language, characterizing the bill a “son of a bitch.”

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