President Donald Trump, joined by Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has called for Obamacare to be fully and immediately repealed, creating a “clean slate” for a replacement health care plan to be devised at a later stage.
Trump urged action, following the failure of the Senate to vote in favor of a replace-and-repeal bill. He tweeted:
Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2017
McConnel, unable to get the 50 votes he needed to pass the bill to replace Obamacare, added that, “Regretfully, it is not apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure Obamacare will not be successful.”
He continued, “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 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 state transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.”
The Daily Caller reports:
Republican Sens. Rand Paul, a Kentucky conservative, and Susan Collins, a Maine liberal, had opposed the Senate’s second repeal-and-replace bill early on. Paul, because he felt it left Obamacare in place; Collins, because she opposed repealing the welfare programs it entailed. They were joined in their opposition Monday by Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas.
“If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now,” Trump tweeted on June 30, referencing the first attempt to repeal and replace, “they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!”