Trump applauds Republican senators for latest ObamaCare repeal effort

Trump applauds Republican senators for latest ObamaCare repeal effort
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President Trump on Wednesday applauded the Republican senators who introduced a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare, though he stopped short of a full-throated endorsement.

“I applaud the Senate for continuing to work toward a solution to relieve the disastrous Obamacare burden on the American people. My Administration has consistently worked to enact legislation that repeals and replaces Obamacare, and that can pass the Senate and make it to my desk,” Trump said in a statement. 

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The statement comes after Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Dean Heller (Nev.) introduced a bill they argue will give the states control over health care. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.) has not explicitly backed the bill, telling Cassidy and Graham that they will need to round up the 50 votes needed for a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Pence. Many lawmakers want to move on after a bruising health-care fight over the summer that came up one vote short in the Senate.

Trump's statement took a similarly cautious approach. Earlier this month, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway had a more forceful endorsement, telling Fox News that Trump had his pen ready to sign the bill.

Still, Trump hammered ObamaCare in his statement.

“Obamacare has been a complete nightmare for the many Americans who have been devastated by its skyrocketing health care premiums and deductibles and canceled or shrinking plans,” Trump said Wednesday after the bill was introduced in the upper chamber.

“As I have continued to say, inaction is not an option, and I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis.”