GOP senator compares ObamaCare repeal effort to 'Dunkirk'

GOP senator compares ObamaCare repeal effort to 'Dunkirk'
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Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerGOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers Whatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong Breitbart charts path for 2018 midterm races MORE (R-Miss.) compared Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare to the film “Dunkirk,” a recently released movie based on the evacuation and rescue of Allied soldiers from northern France during World War II.

Speaking to the Columbus Rotary Club, Wicker said that Senate Republicans faced a “setback” when their bill to repeal ObamaCare failed last month.

"In the Senate, we came up one vote short of going to conference with the House with a plan," Wicker said, according to The Commercial Dispatch. "My team had a setback a couple of weeks ago, but we're still determined to get the job done." 

He then compared the GOP’s efforts to pass their healthcare bill to the evacuation at Dunkirk, in which a hastily assembled group of British boats, some of which included fishing boats and yachts, evacuated thousands of British, French and Belgian troops as German forces invaded France.

"The French and British faced a 'setback' in fighting the Germans," Wicker said. "And that is what the Senate has faced with healthcare." 

Republicans’ bill to repeal parts of ObamaCare failed last month after three GOP senators broke with their party to oppose the bill. In the weeks since the failure, President Trump has urged Republicans to return to the drawing board and pass a healthcare bill for him to sign.

In recent days Trump has also taken to Twitter to blast Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.) after McConnell expressed displeasure in Trump’s “excessive expectations” surrounding the healthcare bill.

"Mitch, get back to work and put Repeal & Replace, Tax Reform & Cuts and a great Infrastructure Bill on my desk for signing," Trump tweeted Thursday. "You can do it!" 

Trump also tweeted Thursday morning, questioning why McConnell has not yet been able to pass a new healthcare plan. 

"Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done," Trump said. "Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!"