Repeal... does it end there?

Tonight, the future of the republican health care plan remains a mystery.  A new Congressional Budget Office  report shows 22 million Americans would lose health insurance under a republican repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

The new data could spell trouble for Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.

South Carolina Senator, Tim Scott, tells us he's ready to vote.  "The promise we made [was] to restore confidence in the health care system," says Scott, "that means repealing it and replacing it with something better."

Today, we tried to ask a second South Carolina Senator, Lindsey Graham, about those numbers, but he waved us off.  

Democratic Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, says it's clear to him republicans don't know what their health care strategy is.   "We Democrats don't know what our Republican friends are planning to vote on next week," says Schumer, "I'll bet many Republicans don't know either.""

While Senators are still weighing their options, we asked the Trump Administration whether or not they expect to punish any Senators who go against the Republican Health Care Plan.  

Marc Short is the Director of White House's Legislative Affairs.  He says, "we're not looking for revenge here, what we're looking for is to pull the party together".

Some argue the White House is adding to the confusion.  The President has tweeted he's open to repealing Obamacare now, and replacing it later.  But, Short tells us instead, right now the administration is focused on one strategy, "we are still working on a full repeal and replace".

Senate leaders say they expect to schedule a vote once and for all next week, but it's not clear what the final bill will look like.


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