This morning, Senator Ben Sasse sent a letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to push for a new strategy for reforming the health-care system established by the Affordable Care Act. In his letter, Sasse suggested that, if the divided Senate can’t reach an agreement on health care by the day after next week’s July 4 recess, the Republicans should fully repeal Obamacare through reconciliation and then spend August working on a separate replacement bill.
Sasse’s proposal comes just days after Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell decided not to bring the GOP bill to the floor for a procedural vote, despite his earlier insistence that he would do so. Several holdouts among both conservative and moderate Republican senators gave the impression that the bill would not pass through a procedural vote without further negotiation and compromise.
Today’s letter is Sasse’s first public statement about health-care reform since Senate leadership unveiled the bill last Friday.