Republicans roll out updated health care bill

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"I am sitting in the Oval Office with a pen in hand, waiting for our senators to give it to me", Trump said in an interview with Pat Robertson for CBN's "700 Club" set to air Thursday.

At the time, McConnell didn't have enough votes to move forward with the measure.

Farenthold says he's eager to see Obamacare replaced as soon as possible. Republicans have sought for seven years to gut the law, Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement, which they describe as a costly government overreach. On "The Rush Limbaugh Show" on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence said the alternative plan is "what freedom looks like". I sure don't want his hand on the nuclear trigger.

He said once the Senate completes its work "on health care reform" it will turn to a defense spending bill and presidential nominations "that have been mindlessly stalled by Democrats".

On Wednesday, though, Trump said he was "waiting" for a bill to "come to my desk".

Democrats have been united in opposing the bill, calling on Republicans to instead work with them to try to fix problems with the existing Obamacare system.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) attends a news conference following party policy lunch meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. July 11, 2017.

"Eventually they will talk to me, if they want my vote", he said.

An earlier version of the broad measure, created to help the party keep its promise to replace Obamacare, scrapped a limitation for insurers on how much executive pay is tax deductible. In the new draft, the 3.8% net investment income tax and the 0.9% payroll tax to help fund Medicare will remain- these taxes apply to individuals with incomes in excess of $200,000 and couples filing jointly with incomes in excess of $250,000.

During his interview with Robertson, Trump said he'd be angry if congressional Republicans can't find a way to pass the legislation. "He's got to pull it off".

They're going to postpone their vacation, their precious time off, just to make sure that they get this legislation passed so that tens of thousands of people every year die due to lack of access to health care coverage because Republicans took it away from them.

Extra money given to states that expanded their Medicaid programs to cover the working poor would be phased out, which Edwards said would force Louisiana to end the health coverage it provides to more than 430,000 people.

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