Senator Sasse: Repeal Obamacare First, Decide on Replacement Later

Sen. Ben Sasse

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Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) said Obamacare should be repealed and a replacement should be worked on later if Republicans can't pass a bill to replace it, theĀ Hill reported.

Sasse said if there wasn't any bill passed by July 10, he would write a letter to President Trump to suggest repealing first, then replacing.

"To date, we've been trying to do those two things at once and not been making enough progress," Sasse said on Fox and Friends. "I still hope that process can work, but most people are leaving D.C. today to go home for the Fourth of July weekend."

"Every Republican except one has already voted for repeal in the past," said Sasse. "Let's do that first, if we can't do them together."

"Let's do as much repeal as we can," he said. "And then let's ask the president to cancel our August 8 work period, and then stay here and work on replace separate."

The current Senate health care bill designed to replace Obamacare lacks the support of nine Republican senators who said they won't vote for it. The bill can only afford to lose two Republican votes with their current 52-48 majority.

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Ali Meyer is a staff writer with the Washington Free Beacon covering economic issues that expose government waste, fraud, and abuse. Prior to the Free Beacon, she was a multimedia reporter with where her work appeared on outlets such as Drudge Report and Fox News. She also interned with the Heritage Foundation and Pacific Research Institute. Her Twitter handle is @DJAliMeyer, and her email address is

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