There are plenty of things standing in the way of Senate Republicans finding a Trumpcare solution, much less one that could get 50 votes and also be able to pass in the House—because the House's already-passed version of Zombie Trumpcare is not going to work. The main thing working against them, besides themselves and their disaster of a president, is time.
Here's the reality: The GOP health care debate is stalled in Congress, and its uncertainty has clogged up the legislative pipeline to Trump's desk. Republicans can't move on—and many are ready to do so—until they resolve the fate of their long-promised health care bill. […]
While a vote is not in sight, multiple aides close to the negotiations say that senators are acting in good faith and that everyone wants to get to "yes" on a bill—they just have no idea what that bill looks like. How to craft a bill that can win over warring factions and pass procedural hurdles is a question without an answer. […]
The pressure to act—or move on—is building. The reconciliation protections to pass health care with 51 Senate votes expire at the end of September—but senators and aides are operating under an assumption that if there is no bill by the August break, then hopes for health care legislation have likely tanked.
June could be a make-or-break month for the bill because, if the Senate has to negotiate a final bill with the House, it will likely need to be close to a deal by the July Fourth recess—just four weeks from now.
Which also means that June could be make-or-break for the resistance. Most senators studiously avoided having to face their constituents at town hall meetings over the Memorial Day break, precisely because they didn't want to face the pressure. Which means it's working. So let's keep it up.
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