Trump says he’s in a ‘worse place’ than the GOP on healthcare after GOP defeat of ACA repeal bill
Donald Trump on Tuesday said he’s “in a worse place” than the Republican Party on healthcare, but said the GOP could still salvage its repeal efforts.
The president on Twitter said his GOP colleagues “need to get their act together” and said, “We’ll see if they can.”
“If they can’t, then we will,” Trump tweeted.
“It’s in their hands now, it’s up to them.
They need to get they act together and get it done.”
The president’s comments come amid a deepening crisis within the GOP over its repeal-and-replace plan.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has refused to let the House take up its bill.
His party must still vote on it, which could take weeks.
Senate Republicans failed to pass a repeal bill in May because they were unable to reach a deal on a budget with Democrats and the White House.
The bill would have repealed most of the ACA’s taxes and eliminated its insurance subsidies for low-income Americans.
It was the latest failure for the GOP’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The House last week passed a revised version of the bill, which was then approved by the Senate.
The repeal effort is being led by House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows (R) and Sens.
Lindsey Graham (R.-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R -La.), who have been critical of the GOP bill and the president’s decision to sign the bill.
President Trump speaks during a press conference at the Whitehouse in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2019.
The revised bill would also give states $6 billion in tax credits for low and moderate income people to buy insurance, and eliminate the mandate that most Americans have insurance.
But it did not include enough money to offset the tax cuts, and was opposed by conservatives, such as Sen. Rand Paul (R, Ky.), who said the bill did not go far enough to help the middle class.
Sen. Rand (Rand) Paul, R-Ky., speaks at a press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 2.
Trump’s comments came hours after the House voted 98-0 to pass the House version of its version of his bill, with three Republicans voting against the final bill and three Republicans defecting.
The White House on Tuesday night sent out a statement calling the bill a “good deal for the middle-class” and praised Republicans for their “unmatched bipartisanship.”
“This is a bipartisan bill that does more for middle-income families than any other single bill in the history of our country, including the ACA,” the statement said.
“The bill will be a model for the rest of the country.”