Trump Calls ObamaCare 'Big Fat Ugly Lie,' Demanded Senate Votes For Repeal

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

Republican Sens. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said last week that they would oppose Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement.

Trump is making an aggressive push on health care, in spite of the fact that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been unable to secure enough support to repeal and replace President Obama's signature 2010 health care law.

"The senate bill will provide emergency relief and will deliver truly great healthcre and healthcare reform that or citizens should be demanding", he said. There has been enough talk and no action. "Now is the time for action", Trump said on Monday at the White House. It is not clear which version they will be voting on, be it strict repeal, or repeal-and-replace legislation.

"We're not going to own it - I'm not going to own it - I can tell you, the Republicans are not going to own it", Trump said on Tuesday. And, at long last, it finally has. And as far as I know, dueling is illegal in every state.

"We're not quite there yet", said John Cornyn, the second-ranking Senate Republican.

Moderate Senator Susan Collins, who has vocally opposed McConnell's efforts so far, said on Monday she would vote "no" on a motion to proceed. That's all they are good at, obstructionism.

Over the weekend, the Senate parliamentarian ruled that some of the most controversial parts of the Senate Republican bill violate chamber rules.

If he votes yes on the bill, it puts the Senate's repeal and replace effort one step closer to reality-a move that could give President Trump his first major legislative achievement. Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the upper chamber.

"Democrats aren't giving us one vote", added Trump, "so we need virtually every single vote from Republicans". Obamacare has been, for them, a nightmare.

The Senate is using a budget process called "reconciliation" that allows Republicans to pass a bill with only 50 votes (and the potential tie to be broken by Vice President Mike Pence). His remarks on Monday were among the lengthiest statements he has made regarding healthcare. "And besides that, it's failing so you won't have it anyway". Still, McConnell has said he will bring forward the bill from the House to begin debate. In an interview with the New York Times last week he said he would not have hired Mr Sessions if he had known he would recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation. Under the latest iteration of the bill, 22 million more people would become uninsured by 2026, many of them Medicaid recipients, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

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