To be sure, if Cochran were unavailable for a floor fight on health care, Senate Republicans would have had an even more hard time passing an ACA repeal bill, but Trump is choosing to overlook arithmetic: there are 52 Republican senators, meaning the party could only afford two "no" from within their own ranks.
United States President Donald Trump has said that he was working on an executive order to expand access to health insurance and would negotiate with Democrats for a legislative solution by next year. "I'm not hospitalized, but am recuperating at home in MS and look forward to returning to work soon".
"This is a free market reform that will cost the federal government nothing, but has the possibility of allowing millions of people to get low-priced insurance", said Paul. "But as you know, it ends on Friday".
Trump later said the senator was "home recovering".
Speaking to reporters before departing Washington, DC, for Indiana, Trump repeated many times that one senator was "in the hospital" when explaining why a vote on healthcare legislation would have to wait. Trump can't get the number of votes he needs for a bill to pass right.
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Trump went on: "And he's a "yes" vote". Rand Paul and Susan Collins came out as no votes on the bill primarily over the substance. Trump was harsher toward other senators than he was with Paul, who argued that the bill didn't go far enough, however. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Dean Heller, R-Nev.; Bill Cassidy, R-La.; and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., voiced hope that Congress can overhaul ObamaCare at some point.
The executive order appears to let virtually any group of people link together as a "health association" for insurance purposes.
Whether he does so or not, the President later said that the Republican votes needed to pass the bill are there despite those in Congress saying that's not the case. This shortfall would not be overcome even with a "yes" vote from Cochran, who is not hospitalized, but rather recuperating at home after receiving medical treatment. Our health care plan is really going to be something excellent. But the Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn, said on Wednesday that lawmakers would continue to work on healthcare.
"I am ... going to meet with Democrats and I will see if I can get a healthcare plan that's even better", Trump said.