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The Senate’s machinations on the health insurance bill have led to significant movement in the past week. Republicans need a legislative win, the first substantive legislative win this year, so they can move on to fundamental tax reform, which has more agreement across all stripes of Republican lawmakers.
A week ago, President Donald Trump floated support for repealing ObamaCare first and working on reforms afterwards. Following the tweet, Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, released an open letter to the president supporting his timeline, giving the Senate through the Independence Day weekend, and proposing the 2015 reconciliation bill as the vehicle for repeal, joining conservatives in the House and Senate who have been supporting the 2015 bill from the beginning of the year.