Pence Taking Lead on GOPcare Bill

When the House Republicans were trying to pass their Obamacare replacement plan, President Trump personally lobbied GOP members of the House for votes. With the stall on support for the Senate plan and the delay in voting until after the July 4th recess, Vice President Mike Pence is now taking the lead in lobbying Senate Republicans to jump on board and pass their plan.

President Trump personally lobbied House Republicans to pass health care legislation this year, but the Trump team’s heavy-handed tactics have been ineffective in the Senate, leaving him on the sidelines while Vice President Mike Pence led the effort to salvage the foundering bill.

Mr. Trump became more engaged on Tuesday, summoning all 52 Republican senators to the White House for some last-ditch diplomacy, but only after it became clear Republican leaders were postponing the vote until after the Fourth of July recess.

“The White House has been very involved in these discussion,” Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, said in announcing the postponement. “They’re very anxious to help.” …

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No one can say if Pence will be any more successful than Trump in lobbying Senate Republicans to vote for a bill that is sure to draw criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike. The only way the Republicans can produce a healthcare plan that will appease everyone is to push a plan that will bankrupt the nation and the American people.

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