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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 looms over Senate's anti-Asian hate crimes battle Appointing a credible, non-partisan Jan. 6 commission should not be difficult Why President Biden is all-in in infrastructure 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 LeeBiden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  Hillicon Valley: Biden nominates former NSA deputy director to serve as cyber czar | Apple to send witness to Senate hearing after all | Biden pressed on semiconductor production amid shortage Apple to send witness to Senate hearing after pushback from Klobuchar, Lee MORE (R-Utah) and Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranTrump looms over Senate's anti-Asian hate crimes battle Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle Senate GOP signal they won't filibuster debate of hate crimes bill 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.”