After President Donald Trumped repeatedly told reporters that a vote on health care legislation would not take place ahead of a September 30 deadline because one Senate “yes” vote was in the hospital, reports stated Trump was referencing Cochran, prompting the Mississippi Senator to address the matter on social media.
Speaking to reporters before departing Washington, DC, for Indiana, Trump repeated many times that one senator was “in the hospital” when explaining why a vote on healthcare legislation would have to wait. “Just tell me.'” He says his illness, for which he’s now receiving chemo and radiation, has made him “more energetic” and “more engaged. because I know that I’ve got to do everything I can to serve this country while I can”.
The No. 2 Senate Democratic leader, Richard Durbin of IL, said the White House has yet to approach Democrats with a health care compromise and said he didn’t see what one might look like.
Meanwhile, Trump, in two tweets early Wednesday morning, said, “We will have the votes for Healthcare but not for the reconciliation deadline of Friday, after which we need 60”.
Graham and Cassidy defended their bill against criticism from Independent Sen.
That, of course, won’t be necessary because the 48 votes we gave Trump above included the presumed “yes” from Cochran. GOP Sens. Rand Paul, John McCain and Susan Collins say they oppose the bill.
President Trump is unveiling the GOP tax plan Wednesday.
Trump said he was working on executive orders letting people buy health insurance across state lines and making it easier for them to join association health plans. Trump said later he thought the senator from Kentucky would come around on the broader push for legislation.
But while Cochran’s office put out a statement Tuesday night, his absence was not widely known until Trump alluded to it on Twitter.
UCLA Professor Mark Peterson expressed doubt that insurance prices would be reduced by selling across state lines because insurers would still be subject to ACA regulations requiring coverage of hospital care, prescription drugs, pregnancy and childbirth needs and mental health services. “If I’m in California, which is an expensive medical care state and I buy my insurance from DE, which is not, I’m still going to doctors and hospitals that are very expensive and the insurance plan is either going to cover that or not”, he said. But the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn, said on Wednesday that lawmakers would continue to work on healthcare.
Cornyn said he supported the efforts of Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray to reach a bipartisan deal to fix Obamacare, but warned he would not favor “a bailout for insurance companies”.