President Donald Trump has declared his intention to “let Obamacare fail” after seven years of partisan opposition to the Affordable Care Act and majorities in the House and Senate failed to deliver a repeal-and-replace bill to his desk.
“We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it,” he said. “I can tell you, the Republicans are not going to own it.”
Trump tweeted something similar this morning.
Trump added his intention to let the Affordable Care Act “fail,” which he said would force Democrats to “come to us.”
“I am disappointed, because for so many years I’ve been hearing repeal, replace,” he said, echoing frustrations of many Republicans across the country.
Last night, the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare crashed as two more Republicans withdrew support for the bill, denying Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell the simple majority needed to pass it.
Kansas Senator Jerry Moran and Utah Senator Mike Lee came out against the bill simultaneously.
A followup motion by McConnell — to pass a simple repeal of the Affordable Care Act with a two-year window to allow Republicans to come up with a replacement — failed today, as moderate Republicans fled a proposal the CBO says would leave 32 million without insurance.