How the White House and Senate are ‘unprecedented’ in their negotiations with Senate Republicans
A White House official says the Trump administration is “unprepared” to meet the demands of Senate Republicans, but says the negotiations are “very far along.”
The official says Trump and his advisers “have no choice but to be prepared” and are “not in a position to meet their own demands.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Wednesday that he has told Trump he is “not going to allow” negotiations to stall.
He added that “I think we’ve been prepared” for a negotiation “for the last eight months.”
The White House has repeatedly accused McConnell of delaying or blocking negotiations.
McConnell said last week that he is prepared to accept only “what we need” to move forward.
The Senate GOP is demanding that the administration keep its pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare and make its plans public before it is able to pass a health care bill.
The GOP’s proposal calls for a single-payer health care system, a tax credit for insurance companies, and a Medicare voucher for seniors.
Trump has said that he does not want to repeal the Affordable Care Act or replace it with something that is more expensive or less comprehensive.