President Trump took to Twitter Monday to call on Republicans to “just REPEAL” ObamaCare after two key Republican Senators announced they would not support the bill, ending any chance the bill had of passing the Senate.
Republican Senators Mike Lee, of Utah and Jerry Moran, of Kansas accompanied Senators Rand Paul, of Kentucky and Susan Collins, of Maine in their displeasure with the bill. Republicans hold onto a 52-48 majority and the two senators’ opposition means the bill is effectively dead.
“Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!” Trump tweeted.
Although Trump seems confident that a straight repeal of ObamaCare will be successful, moderate Republicans may feel pressure to vote against the legislation. It is also unclear how many Democrats would support the move.
Trump’s tweet was exactly opposite to his belief in the Senate just hours before when he predicted the legislation would pass.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, acknowledged the roadblock and, like Trump, said he plans a repeal vote. McConnell also mentioned a two-year delay for a substitute.
“Regretfully, it’s now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” McConnell said in a statement. “So, in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.”
It was the second consecutive failure for McConnell, who had to cancel a vote on an earlier version of the bill last month when defeat became inevitable.
Trump failed to garner support for what has been the biggest issue for Republicans for the last seven years — ever since President Obama and the Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010.