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President Trump laments Obamacare replacement failure: 'We were let down

President Donald Trump put his two cents in on the ongoing health care bill debate Tuesday. (Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images)

The morning after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that the Senate Obamacare replacement bill would not pass a key procedural hurdle, President Donald Trump made sure to weigh in on the matter, giving credit to some and calling out others for not working with him.

Early Tuesday morning, Trump wrote on Twitter, "We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans. Most Republicans were loyal, terrific & worked really hard. We will return." In another tweet, he said. "As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!"

 

The Senate bill, titled, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, was the subject of significant criticism since its unveiling in late June, but had been hanging on by a thread until Monday when Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced they would oppose the bill. With Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) already opposed to the measure, the Republicans simply did not have the numbers necessary to advance the measure.

McConnell released a statement Monday evening admitting that the Senate Obamacare replacement bill was officially dead, but promised a Senate vote on a full repeal instead, focusing on a replacement bill after the repeal has taken place.

"Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” McConnell wrote in the statement. "So, in the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: A repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care."

 

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