Trump: '3 Republicans and 48 Democrats Let the American People Down'

By Susan Jones | July 28, 2017 | 5:51am EDT
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expresses sharp disappointment at the failure of the Republican's final (partial) repeal attempt, early Friday morning, July 29, 2017. (Screen grab from C-SPAN)

( - In a 2 a.m. tweet on Friday, after the Senate failed to pass the so-called "skinny" health care bill, President Trump said, " 3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!"

Late Thursday night, before the vote, the president cheered Republicans on: "Go Republican Senators, Go! Get there after waiting for 7 years. Give America great healthcare!"

Sen. John McCain cast the deciding "no" vote, producing gasps of surprise in the chamber. (See related story.) Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have been "no" votes all along. All 48 Democrats voted no.

A clearly devastated Mitch McConnell spoke after the vote, thanking the Republicans who worked so hard to deliver on their repeal-and-replace promise.

The Senate majority leader called it a “disappointing moment,” and he noted that “our constituents have suffered through an awful lot under Obamacare. We thought they deserved better.”

McConnell also addressed Democrats:

Now, I imagine many of our colleagues on the other side are celebrating. Probably pretty happy about all this. But the American people are hurting, and they need relief.

Our friends on the other side decided early on they didn’t want to engage with us and in a serious way – a serious way -- to help those suffering under Obamacare.  They did everything they could to prevent the Senate from providing a better way forward, including such things as reading amendments for endless amounts of time, such things as holding up nominations for key positions in the administration because they were unhappy that we were trying to find a way to something better than Obamacare.

So I expect that they are pretty satisfied tonight. I regret to say that they succeeded in that effort. So now I think it’s appropriate to ask, what are their ideas? It would be interesting to see what they suggest as the way forward.

For myself, I can say -- and I think I'm pretty safe in saying for people on this side of the aisle -- that bailing out insurance companies, bailing our insurance companies with no thought of any kind of reform, is not something I want to be part of. And I suspect that not many folks over here are interested in that.

McConnell noted that the Senate voted on a single-payer amendment earlier that night:

“Almost everybody voted “present,’ he said. "Apparently, they didn’t want to make a decision about whether they were for or against socialized medicine; government takeover of everything; European health care. Only four of them weren’t afraid to say they didn’t think that was a good idea. Maybe that’s what they want to offer. We will be happy to have that debate with the American people.

“So it’s time for our friends on the other side to tell us what they have in mind….”

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