]>> President Donald Trump reacting on Twitter Tuesday to the collapse of the Senate healthcare bill, pointing the finger at those who said they would vote against the GOP plan. We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans. Most Republicans were loyal, terrific and worked really hard.
We will return! Republicans Senators Jerry Moran and Mike Lee both pledging Monday night to vote against the GOP healthcare bill, adding to the defections that have essentially killed the plan. The two senators breaking with their party means the latest version of the legislation is well short of the support it needs to pass.
The senators walked away from the bill which Moran says fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He blames the closed door process that led to the plan which Lee says doesn't go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families. That makes four solid no's this week, alongside Senator Susan Collins and Rand Paul, leaving Republican leaders with bleak options.
Either go back to the drawing board yet again to line up 50 Republican votes, which doesn't look likely, or try and draft a bipartisan bill to win over Democrats instead. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer urged his GOP colleagues to do just that, saying in a statement, quote, this second failure of #Trumpcare is proof positive that the core of this bill is unworkable.
Meanwhile, the president on Tuesday stepping up the call to get rid of Obamacare, tweeting, as I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!