Trump: Let Obamacare fail, it will be easier (VIDEO)

 

President Trump said yesterday (July 18th) that it's time to, quote, "let Obamacare fail," his defiant statement coming after the collapse of the Senate Republicans' health care plan that would have repealed large parts of the Affordable Care Act. Trump distanced himself from the failure of the Republicans to pass a repeal they'd promised for seven years, saying at the White House, "I think we're probably in that position where we'll just let Obamacare fail. We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you that the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us and they're going to say, 'How do we fix it?'"


The repeal effort fell apart on Monday night when two Republican senators announced jointly that they would not support the measure, days after two other GOP senators had said they wouldn't back it and were the only two votes Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could afford to lose. McConnell said later Monday that he'd instead bring a repeal-only measure up for a vote that would do away with Obamacare with a two-year delay for a replacement to be crafted. But repeal-only raises concerns about causing chaos in the insurance market, and a Congressional Budget Office analysis found that it would lead more than 30 million people to lose insurance by 2026. Three Republican women, Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Shelly Moore Capito, said yesterday they'd oppose repeal-only, killing its prospects as well. Capito, of West Virginia, said, "I did not come to Washington to hurt people." But McConnell said late yesterday that he'd go forward with a vote on the repeal-only legislation anyway, planning to hold it early next week.

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