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What Did He Say? Trump's Stern Health Care Lecture to Senate GOP

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GARY LANE: President Trump summoned Republican senators

to the White House for lunch.

But instead of being served just chicken or steak,

they received a stern presidential lecture

on commitment.

For seven years you promised the American people

that you would repeal Obamacare.

People are hurting.

Inaction is not an option.

And frankly, I don't think we should leave town

unless we have a health insurance

plan, unless we can give our people great healthcare.

GARY LANE: Senate rejection of the most recent health care

proposal disappointed the president.

And with a growing number of GOP senators now saying they

won't vote for Obamacare repeal without a replacement,

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

is focusing in on new health care legislation.

The new bill up for consideration

is actually an old one approved by the Senate

in 2015, repealing Obamacare.

It includes one major difference from the bill,

for a new health care system that the Senate just rejected,

Senators will be able to offer changes.

Wide open for amendment, no matter

what I offer as a substitute first, it's fully amendable.

GARY LANE: But senators must first

agree to let the new legislation come up for a vote.

And The Hill reports a bold move for the new health care bill--

$200 billion in funding to help states

pay for Medicaid expansion.

That might be enough to pick up several moderate Republican

votes.

But Senator Rand Paul says he'll oppose any bill that

provides more big government programs and insurance company

bailouts.

He'd like to see insurance buying

groups or co-ops established to reduce costs for consumers.

And he believes President Trump has the legal authority

to do it without Congress.

I think there's one enormous thing that President Trump can

do on his own.

And that is to let anybody in the country

get out of the individual market, where the death

spiral is, and get into an association

so they can get better pricing.

GARY LANE: McConnell says he expects

senators to vote next week to consider the new health care

bill.

We cannot keep the commitment we made to the American people

to repeal or replace Obamacare unless we get on the bill.

GARY LANE: And that means first letting the bill come up

for a vote on the floor of the Senate.

Any senator who votes against starting debate

is really telling America that you're fine with Obamacare.

But being fine with Obamacare isn't

an option for another reason, because it's gone.

It's failed.

It's not going to be around.

GARY LANE: Gary Lane, CBN News.

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