Trump Tweets on Senate: If They Can't Replace, ‘Immediately REPEAL’

By Susan Jones | June 30, 2017 | 10:44am EDT
President Trump meets with Republican Senators to discuss a bill to replace Obamacare, at the White House on June 27, 2017. Three days later, he is urging repeal, if replacement cannot be achieved right away. (Screen grab from C-SPAN)

(CNSNews.com) – In a Friday morning tweet, President Donald Trump sent lawmakers a message on the stalled effort to produce a Republican health care bill:

“If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!”

This is the first time Trump has advocated straight repeal.

 

The tweet comes three days after the president met with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at the White House. Paul has insisted all along on straight repeal of Obamacare.

“I promised people I was going to repeal it. I didn’t promise people that I was going to replace it with a federal program or bailing out insurance companies,” Paul told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” a week ago.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) also is urging Trump to support full repeal  -- and then focus on replacement.

In a June 30 letter to Trump, Sasse wrote:

“The Senate will next be in legislative session on Monday, July 10. If we don’t get to agreement on a combined, comprehensive ObamaCare repeal and replace plan by that day, I humbly suggest that you publicly call on the Congress to do two things: (1) to immediately repeal as much of ObamaCare as is possible under Congressional budget reconciliation rules, and then (2) to cancel the scheduled August state work period and instead to spend that month working through regular order, six days per week, writing a health reform package with a vote to be scheduled on Labor Day.”

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that Senate Republicans, lacking the votes, would not bring their health care bill to the floor this week. That dashed Republican hopes of voting on a health care bill before the July 4 recess.

“We are still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place,” McConnell said on Tuesday.

In a message posted on his website on Thursday, McConnell said, “Senators and the White House are continuing discussions on the path forward for bringing relief from Obamacare and its collapsing markets. We’ve made good progress, and we’ll keep working.”

After listing all the problems with Obamacare, McConnell said fixing it “isn’t an easy task.”

“It’s disappointing that our Democratic colleagues made clear early on that they were not interested in joining our efforts in a serious, comprehensive manner, especially given how many of their constituents have been hurt by the law that they themselves voted for and continue to defend," McConnell said in the statement.

“But the Republican conference continues to work through solutions to help those who’ve been hurt by this failing system because, as we all can agree, Obamacare’s status quo is unsustainable and unacceptable. We have to act, and we are.”

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