GOP ponders how best to sell health care

FILE - President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Republicans are worried that President Donald Trump’s difficulty staying on message might do more harm than good in selling their health care bill.

The GOP is weighing how to deploy Trump in the high-stakes debate. Trump has a unique ability to command and control attention. But some Republicans privately bemoan his thin grasp of the bill’s principles.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a vote this week after it became clear that he couldn’t muster enough Republican support to offset the unanimous opposition from Democrats. GOP leaders are now hoping to pass a bill in the Senate and reconcile it with an earlier version approved by the House before lawmakers head home in August.


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