Trump: Repeal ObamaCare now, then 'start from a clean slate'

Trump: Repeal ObamaCare now, then 'start from a clean slate'

President Trump on Monday said Republicans should repeal ObamaCare now and “start from a clean slate” on a new healthcare plan, arguing doing so will help gain Democratic support.

“Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!” Trump tweeted Monday night.

A straight repeal was the Senate GOP’s original plan, but leadership could not get the necessary votes. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Manchin 'can't imagine' supporting change to filibuster for voting rights Biden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet MORE (R-Ky.) has so far shot down the idea of doing a repeal and passing a replacement separately.

The statement from the president comes after Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Biden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet House GOP stages mask mandate protest MORE (R-Utah) and Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranGraham: Bipartisan infrastructure pay-fors are insufficient This week: Democrats move forward with Jan. 6 probe Bipartisan senators ask CDC, TSA when they will update mask guidance for travelers MORE (R-Kan.) came out against the motion to proceed on the healthcare legislation, effectively stalling the bill in the Senate.

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The White House, prior to the president’s tweet, said “inaction is not an option” when it comes to repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

“Insurance markets continue to collapse, premiums continue to rise, and Obamacare remains a failure. Inaction is not an option,” said a White House spokesperson.

“We look forward to Congress continuing to work toward a bill the President can sign to end the Obamacare nightmare and restore quality care at affordable prices.”