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News on The 700 Club: June 28, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," June 28: Why it's too soon to write the obit on the GOP health care bill; White House warns Syria against new chemical attack 'preparations,' and more. Read Transcript


Well, welcome to the 700 Club.

Republicans in the Senate aren't giving up on their goal

to pass a health care bill.

But they still have to come up with changes to the plan

so they can get enough senators to support it.

And President Trump is not giving up

either, saying that Obamacare has

to be replaced because it's failed,

expensive, and dangerous.

Abigail Robertson brings us the story from Washington.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: What do Senate Republicans do next?

That's the question after it turned out

that the highly-anticipated vote on the Senate

version of repealing and replacing Obamacare

won't happen by the promise July 4th deadline,

as the GOP struggles to find support to pass it.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

pointed out that major actions like this are difficult.

If none of you've ever covered a big complicated bill,

they are hard to pull together and hard to pass.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: Republican lawmakers

have campaigned for years on repealing Obamacare.

But now that they have the opportunity,

they're having to work hard to agree

on what to replace it with.

McConnell says the process is far from over.

We're continuing to talk about it.

This is a very complicated subject.

Remember how challenging it was for the Democrats

when they were enacting this back in 2009 and 2010.

It's a big complicated subject.

We've got a lot of discussions going on.

And we're still optimistic we're going to get there.

Leader McConnell is running into the same issue

with the house base last spring.

Crafting a health care plan that both conservative and moderate

support.

Senator Rand Paul is one of the GOP senators

on the conservative side, who oppose

the bill as it stands now.

He told CBN News he met with President Trump

this week who he says is open to negotiating the bill.

But he hasn't heard from Senate leadership.

If we can make the more of a repeal bill,

I think I can get to the point where I can support it.

Right now, I think we keep too many of the Obamacare

regulations, we keep too many of the Obamacare subsidies,

and we have a brand new big federal bail

out of insurance companies.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: On the other side

are moderates like Senator Susan Collins, who

are concerned with Medicaid cuts and defunding

Planned Parenthood.

It makes absolutely no sense to eliminate federal funding

for Planned Parenthood.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: Collins says she's

optimistic she'll prevail on that issue.

But Paul disagrees.

I don't think we should have any federal money going

to pay for abortions.

Now, they say they're not using it for abortion,

but if they're using it to pay their electricity, to perform

abortions, I think it's the same thing as far as I'm concerned.

Planned Parenthood doesn't do anything

that community health centers also do, other than abortion.

So the bill actually gives more money

for community health centers.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: And Paul says if senators

want to include expanding Medicaid to cover more

people for health insurance, they

need to be honest with people about how

they're going to pay for it.

Everybody wants something.

They think it's for free.

And they don't want to pay any taxes to get it.

So that's what we have to decide.

I think if you want Medicaid expansion,

there has to be an honest accounting

of how we pay for it.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: While Republicans

say Obamacare is in a death spiral,

Democrats argue it's failing because the future

of the program is unclear under the Trump administration.

The insurance companies look to the future.

They say, what's the future going to be?

And within that, they then structure their policies

and set their price.

They have absolutely no idea what will happen.

They can't set prices.

They don't know if there's going to be a requirement

for certain benefits or not.

And so they're pulling out of the market because they cannot

price their product, they cannot write a contract.

And they say, we can't be here without some certainty.

ABIGAIL ROBERTSON: But Republicans

say Obamacare was collapsing before President Trump was

elected and that they have no choice but to replace it

before things get even worse.

President Trump is meeting with Republican senators

to help gain support of the legislation.

And says they really want to get it right.

Senate leadership hopes that after negotiating and amending

the bill, they'll get the votes they need soon.

Reporting from Capitol Hill, Abigail Robertson.

CBN News.

Just a couple of things to keep in mind about this.

Even the Democrats during the presidential race

were saying Obamacare was failed.

Clinton was running on that, her husband

came out and said it very plainly, it's a failed program

and it's going to collapse on itself.

There just isn't enough there to make it work.

There aren't enough participants to make it work.

So the issue now is, do you repeal that?

And once you get into discussions about repeal

and replace, then it's going to be

very hard to get Republicans United

about any particular bill because the party is just

too divided.

And there's another contrast between the Republicans

and the Democrats.

Back when Obamacare passed, some of the Democrats

admitted they didn't even read the bill.

So here we have a real good picture

of how the two parties operate.

There are a lot of different wings in both of them.

But for whatever reason, the Democrats

seemed to be able to get the bill to actually pass,

and the Republicans are going to be discussing it

for quite some time.

In other news, the United States is making it clear to Syria

that it will not tolerate another chemical weapons

attack.

John Jessup has that story from our CBN News

bureau in Washington.

John?

Gordon.

The warning comes after US intelligence

detected what appeared to be active preparations

at a Syrian airfield.

National security correspondent, Erik Rosales,

has reaction from the Pentagon, where top military leaders

confirmed that United States is ready to take action,

if necessary.

ERIK ROSALES: This was the scene back in April,

after Syria's government attacked its own people

with a chemical weapons strike, killing

more than 70 men, women, and children with poisonous gas.

The horrific action prompted President Trump

to order a cruise missile strike a few days later

against the airbase that jets flew out before the chemical

weapons attack.

It was a slow and brutal death for so many.

Even beautiful babies were cruelly

murdered in this very barbaric attack.

The White House is calling the April strike

a "one off", meant to discourage future chemical

attacks by Syria.

Now, Washington is warning Assad and his military

that if they repeat the action, they will face a hefty price.

Tuesday, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed to CBN News

that suspicious activity was spotted in the same Syrian Army

Air Field.

Captain Jeff Davis says that activity involved

specific aircraft in a specific hangar, both of which

we know to be associated with chemical weapons use

and White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in his statement

the US had identified potential preparations

for another chemical weapons attack

by the Assad regime, that would likely

result in mass murder of civilians,

including innocent children.

He added that if Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder

attack using chemical weapons, he and his military

will pay a hefty price.

And President Trump is apparently

very serious about that warning.

If he doesn't believe that Assad is getting the message,

he could expand the target set.

It could include things like military headquarters,

the presidential palace, or even Assad himself.

ERIK ROSALES: Syria's key ally, Russia,

calls the threats from the White House unacceptable.

Syria's government denies it is preparing for a chemical

attack.

However, Syria's president also said the April attack

was a fabrication.

Reporting from Washington, Erik Rosales.

CBN News.

Thanks, Erik.

The new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman,

made one of his first major speeches

in Jerusalem to a leading Jewish organization.

Afterward, he talked with CBN News

about the strength of the relationship between the United

States and Israel, and the peace talks between Israelis

and Palestinians.

Chris Mitchell brings us that story.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Ambassador Friedman

addressed an annual meeting of the Jewish humanitarian

organization B'nai B'rith.

After the address, he gave CBN News an exclusive interview

and explained why current negotiations

are held in private.

It really is just a mistake to characterize it,

to deprive all the parties of private conversations, candid

conversations.

I think are necessary.

So I'm just really not going to get into it.

Not because I want to be coy, I just

think it's not the right way to proceed.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Friedman said President Trump's

recent Mideast trip made a difference in the region.

DAVID FRIEDMAN: He has made enormous strides, I think.

I think the trip to Saudi Arabia,

the flight from Riyadh to Israel,

the trip to the Vatican.

It was an extraordinary successful trip.

And I think you'll see more success building upon that.

CHRIS MITCHELL: During his speech,

Friedman went off script.

Instead of discussing US-Israeli relations,

Friedman addressed the pressing controversy between American

Jewry, the state of Israel, and the status of the Western Wall.

But he told CBN News US-Israeli relations are deep and wide.

The depth and the breadth of the relationship

is well beyond what I think people ordinarily understand.

When you have the privilege to work in the embassy

and you see all the different divisions, how they're

committed to trade, they're committed to cultural exchange,

they're committed to various economic initiatives.

They go so far beyond the politics

that we read about in the paper everyday.

The bond between our two countries is extraordinary.

And I don't know that gets out as much as it should.

CHRIS MITCHELL: Chris Mitchell.

CBN News.

Jerusalem.

Thanks, Chris.

Gordon, there really is a sense that there's

a reset in the relationship between the US and Israel.

It's certainly a difference.

Difference in administrations, difference in ambassador,

difference in emphasis.

We need to recognize Israel as our only ally in the Middle

East.

It's the one true democracy there.

And we need to celebrate it.

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