Senator Ben Sasse is urging President Trump to adopt a two-step strategy in repealing and replacing Obamacare. He is asking the president to call on Congress to immediately repeal as much of Obamacare as possible under Congressional Budget reconciliation. He says that way no one under the coverage now will lose those benefits.
Sasse says, “I want to be clear and don’t want to throw anyone off the coverage they have today. I would be for a one-year delay of implementation. Vote for the repeal now but don’t have it effective for a year then cancel the August state work break and stay and work six days a week, 18 hours a day through August and focus on one thing and get one thing done.”
There is a possibility that some senators don’t want to vote for a repeal because there is no replacement plan ready to go and clear indication there won’t be a replacement. Senator Sasse says every Republican senator but one voted to repeal Obamacare back in 2015 and they owe their constituents an explanation as to why that isn’t happening.
Senator Sasse is also for full replacement but there is another issue that could happen if not everyone is in agreement. He says, “Every senator can hold this process hostage for some kind of Cornhusker Kickback or Louisiana Purchase special deal. If you have repeal and then replace, you are going to have 100 senators wanting to participate in that discussion.” He would rather have people talking about a replacement openly rather than rebuilding on “a broken foundation of Obamacare”.
Senator Sasse says the two step plan keeps two promises, repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a system that provides affordable and portable health insurance. He sent a letter to President Trump detailing his two step process.