WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal the Obama health law (all times EDT):
Around two dozen Republican senators have ended a private meeting on the party’s stalemated health care bill with no visible signs of progress.
Several senators described a positive session also attended by health secretary Tom Price and Seema Verma, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. None offered any specific examples of progress from the nearly three-hour meeting.
Wyoming GOP Sen. John Barrasso says, “We still do have work to do to get to a vote of 50, but people are committed to continuing that work.”
The White House and Senate leaders are trying to revive a bill repealing and rewriting much of President Barack Obama’s health law. It has failed to win support from 50 of the 52 senators, leaving the effort nearly dead.
President Donald Trump has told Senate Republicans face-to-face they must not leave town for their August recess without sending him an “Obamacare” repeal bill to sign. After being summoned to the White House Wednesday, Senators responded by vowing to revive legislative efforts left for dead twice already this week.
Trump declared “I’m ready to act,” putting the responsibility on Republican lawmakers, not himself.
The developments came just a day after the latest GOP health care plan collapsed in the Senate, leading Trump himself to say it was time to simply let President Barack Obama’s health care law fail.
Complicating matters, the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis Wednesday finding that the repeal-only bill would mean 32 million additional uninsured people over a decade and average premiums doubling.
U.S. Capitol Police say they’ve arrested around 155 demonstrators in Senate office buildings as Republicans continue working on legislation to eliminate much of President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Arrests of demonstrators opposing the GOP effort have been occurring frequently. Wednesday’s figure was among the largest since the demonstrations began.
The police say they responded at 45 different spots in the three Senate office buildings beginning in midafternoon.
They say the arrests were made after requests to stop demonstrating were ignored. Under the District of Columbia’s laws, it is illegal to demonstrate in the buildings of the Capitol complex.
Those arrested were charged with obstructing public spaces, a misdemeanor. Police say four people were also charged…