Transcript for Lawmakers concerned about repealing Obamacare without a replacement
Irate so lots of controversy on the hill while trump may have wanted to keep the focus on the Muller reports. People are still very much focused on him wanting to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act so want to bring in Karen Travers at the White House and Catherine boulders. On the heels. On the care and health care has definitely been dominating your radio calls. What have people been asking you about. And the big questions that anchors across ABC radio stations asking Kimberly is why now why is the president putting this issue back on a front burner. After two years a controlling the house and senate and Republicans weren't able to get. Through a repeal and replace plan for Obama care this of course with a big campaign promise for president from. It's something he pushed Republican leaders to try and get across the finish line but they couldn't do it and usually after the midterm elections when. It was pretty clear that health care with its writing issue for why Democrats the majority in the house. Republican leadership seemed resigned to the fact that the F Burton was over they were gonna move on from health care. And it trying to come up with something else to add to a policy agenda because if they try to do health care it would have to be bipartisan and the president. Probably not looking for it to be done in that way so the big questions are. You know what will the president do for the people who are worried about the potential health care coverage going away if Obama cares struck down. It important thing to remember this is not happening overnight. It's gonna play out through court system perhaps get to the Supreme Court may need until next year. But in the meantime there's nothing here at the White House that is signaling that the president is ready to take the lead. Drive the train to come up with a policy proposal he's only been willing to let that happen on Capitol Hill. Yang I think that's the other question like what is the actual plan B Republicans have a plan. No there is that want in the White House certainly doesn't half point to what any of the president's. He's doing it this week you do that you at a rally tonight in Michigan he and going to continue slamming. Obama care he's several times yesterday called it a disaster but. And the question then is so what else should take place what is the plan that would step in if there was a lapse in coverage or coverage went away. And you know when it comes to border security health care taxes even a big prairie the president. This administration has always been willing to let Republicans on the hill start the process you know they don't send a blueprint up there to say here's how we want it done. Isn't bullet points and you hear from the president in his comments and tweets and then they let lawmakers still at all inning come up with a plan. Right now in capping can certainly talk about this Republicans that kind of inching away from that saying we don't want to be the ones that have to come up with this plan because we tried to. And it didn't work yeah Catherine I do want to hear from that what our congressional Republicans saying because this is certainly not what they wanted to be talking about right. Eighty it's certainly as and in fact Democrats. And view this as a as a win for that there are reports that. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told donors that this is why Republicans lost since when he eighteen and that he tried. To convince the president out of doing this but I will say up here they are all over the national as the president was appearance on Tuesday for the lunch with senate Republicans. And many senators that I caught up with after a sense that he's focused on health care that he talked about it a lot as he quote the party of health care you heard that echoed. From some Republicans up here but when you asked and if he had a clear whether he tips for the president to post any details in this meeting they suspect as Jason know. Yeah dispensed to use about you know what's next here as well analysts say. Seven as Republican senators are saying they are the parties hope there's also has some sort of confused at this is happening now senator Susan Collins says she's disappointed in opposed to just a Republican senator Laura Bush says he wants to see what the administration. Opposes. Until he added talks about this are worried as takes stance on this policy so they really just are all over the map.
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