>> That this health care would be so good, would be far better than Obamacare.>> President Donald Trump and his Republicans scrambling for a plan B on Wednesday after a revolt by fellow lawmakers in the Senate throws their Obamacare replacement care plan into disarray.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where Trump is still promising to repel Obamacare, but the odds are looking a lot longer after Senate Republicans yanked their bill when it became clear that they did not have enough support to pass it.
At least nine Republicans on the record opposing the bill. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says he'll now take the coming weeks to rally his fellow lawmakers. But how he'll do that isn't exactly clear at this point. The bill's opponents meanwhile will use this time to ramp up opposition to the bill not just Democrats but hospitals, doctors, patient groups, all coming out against the measure.
Opponents forming a huge human ring around the Capital. And a new poll showing that only 17% of Americans support it. The Republican plan announced last week would sharply cut back the Medicaid program for the poor, eliminate Obamacare's taxes, and give the States more control over whether benefits, such as maternity care, would be covered.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimating that it would leave 22 million more Americans without coverage. McConnell already trying out a new political tactic, warning his fellow Republicans that if they don't work together to pass the current bill, they'll wind up having to work with Democrats on improving Obamacare.
That would likely spell an end to Republican priorities like cutting back Medicaid.>> Obamacare's a total disaster.>> Trump lobbying hard for passage but his appeals carrying little weight on Capitol Hill as he remains saddled with low approval ratings in the ongoing Russia probe. Republican lawmakers irked by his shaky grasp of policy and his on again, off again support, criticizing a version that passed the House of Representatives in May.
After urging lawmakers to support it. McConnell's now trying to cobble together a version of the bill that lawmakers can take home over the July 4th break. But it's hard to see how he can come up with something that can satisfy both centrists and conservatives who are looking for opposite things in this bill.
And any new details will likely get picked apart by opponents. Republicans have spent the past seven years beating up Democrats over every shortcoming in the American healthcare system, now the tables are turned, they're the ones getting the blame.