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>> He got it through the House weeks ago to much fanfare, but the cheers are long gone. Now, speaker Paul Ryan facing a chorus of questions on Thursday about his healthcare overhaul and whether it will ever make it to President Donald Trump's desk. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where the healthcare headache isn't going away for Republicans.
Everybody's talking about the new report that finds that 23 million Americans would lose their coverage under the plan and then theat Senate is showing little appetite for taking it up. Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, making clear to Reuters that he's gonna start from scratch.>> The health care bill in the Senate is gonna be written by senators.
>> The non partisan Congressional budget office saying the House plan would destabilize insurance markets and make it harder for sick people to buy affordable care, on top of the millions who would lose insurance altogether.>> We got to get premiums down.>> Ryan seeking to make lemonade out of the lemons, saying he's, quote, comforted by the report, emphasizing that the bill would save the government $120 billion over the next 10 years, and arguing that states would figure out how to take care of sick people on their own.
>> We're going to give the states like Wisconsin flexibility to get premiums down. And so what CBO just told us is, the reforms that we put in this bill will help lower premiums. And so I'm very encouraged by that.>> Democrats quickly making hay out of the CBO numbers.
>> The CBO confirmed what we all knew, but they made clear that many Americans was preexisting conditions would face soaring cost and frightening limits on the care they need.>> But for any of this to matter, the Senate needs to do its part. McConnell telling Reuters he doesn't know how or when he'll be able to get a bill passed, let alone a bill that resembles the House version.
>> We are involved in extensive discussions three days a week with every single member, trying to come up with an approach on health care that can get a minimum of 50 votes in order to pass the Senate.>> Remember that pep rally that House Republicans held with President Trump at the White House after they passed their bill?
That celebration now looking decidedly premature. Some law makers who were there, even comparing it to former President George W Bush's infamous mission accomplish misstep after the United States invaded Iraq. As the weeks tick by,, it's becoming increasingly clear that Republicans are still a long ways off from fulfilling their promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
If they're still hacking at this a year from now, voters may turn against them in the midterm elections.