Trump Blames Democrats for Failure of GOP Health Bill: ‘We Had No Democrat Support’
President Donald Trump gave remarks to reporters on Tuesday on the second failure of a Senate GOP health care bill, blaming Democrats for not coming on board with the repeal of their signature Affordable Care Act.
Responding to a question about if he thought Republicans who declined to support the bill were disloyal, Trump noted “we had no Democrat support, which is really, you know, something that should be said.”
“It was a great plan for a lot of people,” the president continued. “We had no Democrats aboard.”
The Republican plan, which seeks to repeal Obama’s health care law and install their own, has obviously been a nonstarter for Democrat lawmakers, who were not consulted in the drafting of the bill.
The CBO estimated that the original Senate GOP bill would leave 22 million less people covered than Obamacare over the next decade. The budget office has yet to release its score for the revised bill.
Trump then appeared to push off efforts to pass the GOP bill until after midterm elections in 2018, arguing that Republicans need to get more lawmakers elected.
“We’re gonna have to go out and get more Republicans elected in ’18, and I’ll be working very hard to make that happen,” he said.
“It would be nice to have Democrat support, but really they’re obstructionists,” Trump continued. “They have no ideas, they have no thought process. All they want to do is obstruct government, and obstruct period.”
The president concluded by arguing Obamacare “isn’t just failing, it’s failed.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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