But McConnell showed no interest in that strategy.
It's gut check time for Republicans.
Republicans owe their congressional majority to a simple promise: Repeal and replace Obamacare. But his suggestion threatened to sharpen divisions between conservatives and moderates, who are leery of stripping coverage from millions of constituents without something to substitute for it.
What all this means for the politics of health care right now is that a bipartisan approach can only help with fixing or improving the Affordable Care Act; choosing bipartisanship would nearly by definition be a total surrender of the goal of "repeal and replace", at least as long as Democrats say they want to keep Obamacare in place.
The White House said later that Trump was still "fully committed" to pushing the Republican draft healthcare bill through the Senate, although it was looking at every option for repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Senate GOP leadership had set a deadline of Friday for a repeal/replace vote. It could also roil insurance markets by prompting insurers to flee or boost premiums because of worries over whether, when and how Congress would replace the statute. Splitting up the process, critics say, will leave a lot of Americans uninsured till the passage of a replacement bill. And that's an argument that Democrats appear to have won for good in 2009, and that Republicans don't even want to fight - thus Republican efforts to portray Medicaid cuts as somehow harmless and not even cuts after all.
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"Obamacare is a disaster", the Kentucky lawmaker said.
President Donald Trump isn't helping McConnell's cause. The Senate is split 52 Republicans to 48 Democrats.
The White House expects to be able to pass both a health-care bill and a measure to overhaul the tax code before the end of the year, Short said. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., would give a more populist flavor to the bill. In some cases, this is a weaker showing than the much-maligned House bill, the American Health Care Act. "That is not an equation that works", Corker said.
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Conservatives like Paul and Sen. To do so, a company would also have to sell a policy that abides by the consumer-friendly coverage requirements in Obama's 2010 statute, which the GOP is struggling to repeal.
What McConnell knows is that there may be no way to twist the dials to get to 50 votes.
It's easy to see that most citizens and a significant number of Republican senators do not support the GOP's plan to scrap and replace the ACA.
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"We are going to stick with that path" McConnell said in response to a question about the president's tweet, according to a report by ABC. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who with Ohio GOP Sen. Keeping that increase would save $172 billion over 10 years, and moderates want to use that money to make coverage more affordable for poorer consumers. On Friday, Sasse released a letter to the president suggesting that if an agreement is not reached by the day that members return from their weeklong recess, the president should call on Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act and work through August to craft a replacement by Labor Day.