White House to Se­nate: Pass health bill now or else

West Hawaii Today - - Nation & World - By wire sources

WASHINGTON — The White House stepped up de­mands Sun­day for re­vived con­gres­sional ef­forts on health care and sug­gested sen­a­tors can­cel their en­tire sum­mer break, if needed, to pass leg­is­la­tion af­ter failed votes last week.

Aides said Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is pre­pared in the com­ing days to end re­quired pay­ments to in­sur­ers un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act as part of a bid to let “Oba­macare im­plode” and force the Se­nate to act.

It was all part of a week­end flurry of Trump tweets and other state­ments in­sist­ing the seven-year GOP quest to re­peal for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s sig­na­ture leg­isla­tive achieve­ment was not over.

“The pres­i­dent will not ac­cept those who said it’s, quote, ‘Time to move on,’” White House ad­viser Kellyanne Con­way said. Those were the words used by Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, R-Ky., af­ter the early Fri­day morn­ing de­feat of the GOP pro­posal.

Con­way said Trump was de­cid­ing whether to act on his threat to end cost-shar­ing re­duc­tion pay­ments, which are aimed at trim­ming outof-pocket costs for lower-in­come peo­ple. “He’s go­ing to make that de­ci­sion this week, and that’s a de­ci­sion that only he can make,” Con­way said.

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