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Trump Says Health Care Bill Defeat Let the American People Down

Trump Says Health Care Bill Defeat Let the American People Down
July 28
13:16 2017

President Donald Trump lashed out at the three Republicans and 48 Democrats he said had let down the American people by defeating a slimmed-down GOP Senate bill to replace Obamacare early on Friday.

Hours before the vote, the president had exhorted Republican lawmakers to pass the bill, which was brought up for a vote after a string of efforts to repeal and replace the health care law that was enacted under former President Barack Obama.

“Go Republican Senators, Go! Get there after waiting for 7 years. Give America great healthcare!” Trump wrote on Thursday night.

Later, Senate Republicans failed to pass the bill on a vote of 49 to 51. Three Republicans — Susan Collins, John McCain and Lisa Murkowski — and all Democrats opposed it.
Trump made the repeal of Obamacare a key promise of his campaign for president, saying that it would be replaced by something better and less expensive.

McCain, whose vote against the “skinny repeal” of Obamacare came as a last-minute surprise to at least some of his fellow Republicans, has called for bipartisan cooperation to pass legislation delivering affordable health care.

McCain’s comments early Friday echoed remarks he made on the floor of the Senate earlier in the week when he made a dramatic return to the Senate after brain surgery.

“I’ve stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict party-line basis without a single Republican vote,” he said in a statement.

“We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people,” he added.

Republican lawmakers said they remained committed to replacing Obamacare.
“The democratic process is a long process,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, after the vote. “I believe this Congress will come back and will with time honor our promises.”
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who also serves as chairman of the Health Committee, said he would work to solve what he called an urgent health care problem in his state.

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