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 McConnellTrump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law Federal judge in Texas strikes down ObamaCare Ocasio-Cortez: By Lindsey Graham's 1999 standard for Clinton, Trump should be impeached 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 LeeOvernight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force GOP-controlled Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi vote Senate moves toward vote on ending support for Saudi-led war MORE (R-Utah) and Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranSenators ask FBI to investigate whether former Olympic CEO lied to panel The Year Ahead: Push for privacy bill gains new momentum Senators want assurances from attorney general pick on fate of Mueller probe 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.”