The Latest: Cornyn: Delay won’t help health care bill

The Latest on the Senate Republican health care bill (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn says passing a health care bill won’t get any easier if Republican leaders delay a Senate vote on the GOP health care plan.

The Senate’s No. 2 Republican said the Senate is on pace to hold a key procedural vote Wednesday. He said he feels “a sense of urgency” to push forward because the health care system is in “full meltdown mode.”

Cornyn made the comments Sunday at a private gathering hosted by the libertarian Koch brothers in Colorado.

He acknowledged the bill has critics: “Some people have been more public about concerns but said they want to get to yes.” He said the vote is “going to be close” and President Donald Trump is “going to be important in the process.”


3:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace the health care law Republicans deride as “Obamacare.”

But Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said Sunday the Senate’s current plan to overhaul health care “is not a full repeal or full replace.”

The Republican lawmaker says, “This is largely a Medicaid reform package.”

Senate Republican leaders are scrambling for enough votes to approve their health care legislation as soon as this week.

Sasse said he’s neither finished reading the bill nor taken a position on it.

Sasse addressed health care at a private retreat for top donors to the libertarian Koch brothers’ political network, which favors full repeal. He was the featured luncheon speaker also attended by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Texas Sen. John Cornyn.


11:25 a.m.

President Donald Trump is bemoaning what he calls “the level of hostility” that he says has stymied bipartisanship in Washington.

While discussing the Republican health bill during an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said it would be great if lawmakers from both parties could “come up something that everybody’s happy with.”

Then he criticizes two prominent Democratic…

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