Trump fumes as 'repeal now, replace later' Obamacare bid collapses

Trump pledges eventual replacement for Obamacare

Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

"But they're in the minority", a reporter pointed out.

"Last night's death of the health bill is an unmitigated disaster for Trump, who said last year that it would be easy to replace Obamacare with 'something terrific, '" Valliere wrote in a note to clients on Tuesday.

On twitter yesterday, Trump tweeted Republicans should repeal Obamacare now and work on a new health care plan starting from scratch. The ever-escalating costs of high-tech care and the near-constant debate in the media guarantee the issue's salience will continue to grow.

McConnell's latest bill would cut Medicaid, letting insurers sell policies with negligible coverage and rolling back Obama taxes on the health care industry.

But by midafternoon Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to hold a vote on a repeal-only bill had faltered, too.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'll now try to push through legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act and wait until after the 2018 midterm elections to propose a replacement. Why, indeed, should a single, childless 30-year-old male who runs 3 miles a day, eats rationally, doesn't drink, smoke or take drugs, be saddled with insurance premiums to cover pregnancy, abortion, alcoholism, addiction, or an abundance of health consequences resulting from obesity and inertia?

Some fear that repealing Obamacare could adversely impact millions of Americans on Medicaid, or make health costs soar for people with pre-existing health conditions. Without foreign allies, he can't impose his will internationally.

Like everyone else, the White House was blindsided by the statements from Republican senators Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas announcing their opposition to the plan. But Republican leaders rejected that clean-repeal approach months ago because it could not pass Congress. At this moment, however, neither party looks likely to take responsibility for its own failures, much less for fixing the problem.

This seems like a good time to reflect on just how comprehensively incompetent the Republican Party is.

"We thought they were in fairly good shape".

Industry groups like America's Health Insurance Plans have been lobbying for a commitment to enforce the current law's requirement to have insurance. And the big plans to overhaul Medicaid that were part of the Senate and the House bills are gone.

"And I'll be waiting", Trump said. One Republican source briefed on the events inside said that "senators are upset" and that was clear in the meeting. In other words, the U.S.is better off certifying than not - and that will remain the case so long as Europe has no intention of imposing sanctions.

But later Tuesday at the White House Trump said he was "disappointed" about the roadblock and that now it would be easier to just "let Obamacare fail".

After observing Republicans' governing struggles, Democrats in the House and Senate are unlikely to decide that working across the aisle with Trump and the GOP would be politically advantageous, whether on health care, tax reform or infrastructure spending, according to Washington analysts from both parties. "And we have to probably pull in those people, those few people that voted against it".

That is far higher than the 22 million the CBO forecast would lose coverage under the latest repeal-and-replace legislation. But this whole sorry spectacle has nothing to do with the strength of liberalism in general or ObamaCare in particular.

Asked to explain how she could think that, Huckabee Sanders responded that Democrats are "responsible for passing ObamaCare, they're responsible for creating the mess that we're in, they're responsible for refusing to with with Republicans in any capacity".

He promised vengeance if Republicans did not pass the bill - but little incentive for doubtful senators to get behind him, perhaps not the most effective strategy for a President with low approval ratings.

On his show Monday night, Hannity presented a checklist for GOP lawmakers to get done ahead of next year's midterms. In a rational world, this might have a shot at not causing political damage to the GOP because they could make the argument, as Trump is claiming, that they don't "own" it. I've heard from tens of thousands of Montanans.

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