Senate Republicans should repeal Obamacare with a delay on implementation that allows lawmakers to forge a new replacement for the sprawling health-care law and should cancel a planned August break to do so, Republican Sen. Ben Sasse said Sunday.
In an interview on CNN’s "State of the Union," the Nebraska Republican said if Republicans can’t coalesce around a combined repeal-and-replace measure, "there’s no reason to walk away," noting: "Republicans ran on repeal and on replace."
Sasse also advocated canceling the Senate’s planned month-long break in August to work around the clock on a replacement plan.
"We should do a repeal with a delay," Sasse said. "Let’s be clear, I don’t want anyone thrown off the coverage they have now. I would want a delay, so that we could get straight to work. And then I think the president should call on the Senate to cancel our August state work period."
"Let’s bring everybody into the room. Let’s do this full-time 18 hours a day, six days a week. Let’s cancel the August state work period, and let’s do it in full public view and have hearings and get to work on something that works better than Obamacare," Sasse argued.
"We pledged that, and the American people deserve that."
The outspoken Republican recently advocated that, if a replacement plan continues to flounder, Congress should repeal Obamacare first. The approach was endorsed by President Donald Trump in a tweet, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has also advocated advancing separate bills to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace the law.
Sasse said he’s "agnostic" about whether repeal and replacement measures should be paired or separate. He added he’d still support a replacement bill should Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) strike a deal when the Senate returns from its July 4 break.
"If within the next week, he can get us the combined repeal and replace, again, a good replace, but if he can do that, I would like to support that," Sasse said.