Monday morning, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to put pressure on Republican lawmakers to pass a healthcare bill after negotiations appear to have hit an impasse.
“I cannot imagine that Congress would dare to leave Washington without a beautiful new HealthCare bill fully approved and ready to go!” Trump tweeted.
Currently, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing opposition from both sides of his conference over his draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).
Conservative members, like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, believe the bill does not go far enough in its repeal of Obamacare and are pushing for more regulatory rollbacks. Moderate members, like Susan Collins and Dean Heller, believe the bill goes too far with cuts to Medicaid and other regulatory changes.
Even members that leadership traditionally relies on like Jerry Moran and John Hoeven also expressed doubts about the current form of the BCRA over the past week.
Over this disagreement looms the month-long August recess, which McConnell has declared is the unofficial deadline for getting the BCRA passed. After that, McConnell warned, Republicans would have to work with Democrats on a short-term stabilisation bill for the individual insurance market.
Due to the stalled out negotiations, 10 GOP senators sent a letter asking McConnell to delay the start of the August recess so that Republicans can work on their agenda, including the BCRA.
The Trump administration also favours delaying the recess until a bill is done, as evidence by Trump’s tweet and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who told Fox News Sunday that a bill needs to get done.
“Whether it’d be before August recess or during August recess, the president expects the Senate to fulfil the promises it made to the American people,” Priebus said.