Trump called Cruz to press him on ObamaCare repeal bill: report

Trump called Cruz to press him on ObamaCare repeal bill: report
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President Trump has joined the effort led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights MORE (R-Ky.) to get the 50 votes needed for the Senate GOP bill to repeal ObamaCare, according to a new report.

The Washington Post reports that Trump personally called Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOcasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema McConnell gets GOP wake-up call MORE (R-Texas) on Thursday to speak with him about changes he’d like to see in the bill.

Cruz was among four conservative Republicans who announced on Thursday their opposition to the Senate bill repealing ObamaCare. Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDemocrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Journalist Dave Levinthal discusses 'uptick' in congressional stock trade violations McConnell vows GOP won't help raise debt ceiling in December after Schumer 'tantrum' MORE (Ky.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeRetreating economy creates new hurdle for Democrats in 2022 McConnell vows GOP won't help raise debt ceiling in December after Schumer 'tantrum' Senate locks in deal to vote on debt ceiling hike Thursday MORE (Utah) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonMost Senate Republicans don't want to see Trump run again Hillicon Valley — Presented by American Edge Project — TSA to issue cybersecurity directives to secure rail, aviation sectors Bill requiring companies report cyber incidents moves forward in the Senate MORE (Wis.) said in a statement that they weren't ready to vote “yes” on the current bill.


“Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor," the statement said.

"There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current healthcare system but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their healthcare costs.”

Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerDemocrats brace for tough election year in Nevada Democratic poll finds Cortez Masto leading Laxalt by 4 points in Nevada Senate race The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - To vote or not? Pelosi faces infrastructure decision MORE (R-Nev.) also announced his opposition to the bill on Friday, making him the fifth GOP senator to come out against the legislation. Heller raised concerns about the bill’s phaseout of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion.

"It’s going to be very difficult to get me to a yes," Heller said.

Trump reportedly worked the phones during the House GOP vote on their bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

"The president showed patience and vigilance and he worked the phones, he and the Vice President [Pence]," White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said in an interview with Fox News's Jeanine Pirro last month.