Key Trump aide: ObamaCare repeal 'not dead'

Key Trump aide: ObamaCare repeal 'not dead'
© Greg Nash

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short on Sunday insisted that the Republican effort to repeal ObamaCare is not dead, despite a lack of support from several key GOP senators.

“No, Chris, it’s not dead,” Short told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday" when asked if the legislation is doomed.

“Here we are, just days away from a final vote and we’ve trying to win over the support of the last couple senators to get there,” he added.

Short’s comments come several days after Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGraham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Former Trump Defense chief Esper to join McCain Institute We need an independent 1/6 commission that the whole country can have confidence in MORE (R-Ariz.), one of the Republican senators who voted against a July repeal bill, came out against the legislation. The bill is being pushed by Sens. Bill CassidyBill CassidyTrump was unhinged and unchanged at CPAC Republicans, please save your party Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra MORE (R-La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Sunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate Georgia DA investigating Trump taps racketeering expert for probe: report MORE (R-S.C.), a close friend of McCain.

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulWhite House open to reforming war powers amid bipartisan push House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Bipartisan group of senators introduces bill to rein in Biden's war powers MORE (R-Ky.) has also announced his opposition.


Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Murkowski votes with Senate panel to advance Haaland nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior reverses Trump policy that it says restricted science | Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination | Republicans press Biden environment nominee on Obama-era policy MORE (R-Maine) told CNN’s “State of the Union” early Sunday that it is “very difficult” to see a situation in which she would support the bill, which repeals much of ObamaCare by converting funding into block grants for states.

“We need to make sure that those last couple Republicans we win over,” Short said during his television appearance.

Short also said he hopes Republicans can get Paul's support, pointing to entitlement reform -- an issue Paul has long stressed.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP senator defends Cheney, Murkowski after Trump rebuke Trump promises to travel to Alaska to campaign against Murkowski GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill MORE (R-Alaska), who also voted against the repeal effort in July, has yet to say whether or not she will support the legislation.