Trump pressures GOP ahead of healthcare vote

President Trump on Monday urged Senate Republicans to “do the right thing” and vote this week to repeal and replace ObamaCare, even as the GOP effort appears hopelessly stalled.

Trump held a press conference at the White House surrounded by “victims” of the healthcare law who he said had been “emotionally and financially devastated” by skyrocketing premiums or fewer healthcare options under the current law.

“So far, Senate Republicans have not done their job in ending the ObamaCare nightmare,” Trump said. “They now have a chance, however, to hopefully, hopefully fix what has been so badly broken for such a long time."

“ObamaCare has been a nightmare,” Trump continued. “There is still time to do the right thing, and for Senate Republicans, this is their chance to keep their promise made over and over again. They said repeal and replace, repeal and replace. But they can now keep their promise to the American people to provide emergency relief to those in desperate need of help, and to improve healthcare for all Americans.” 

The Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare stalled last week in the Senate.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight MORE (R-Ky.) is expected to hold a “motion to proceed” vote this week, but it’s unclear whether the Senate would take up a repeal-only measure or an updated version of the repeal-and-replace legislation. Neither is believed to have enough support to pass at the moment.

The White House is increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress on Capitol Hill. With the August recess looming, the GOP-controlled Congress has yet to send any significant legislative achievements to the president’s desk. 

"It's very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President," Trump tweeted over the weekend.

Trump has also warned that there will be “repercussions” if Republicans fail to repeal ObamaCare.

The president has singled out individual lawmakers for criticism, and his aides and allies have met with prospective primary challengers for those who are not viewed as sufficiently loyal to the president’s agenda.

Trump also lashed out at Democrats, saying that “obstructionism” is “all they’re good at.” He accused Democrats of twisting the contents of the GOP bill for political purposes.

“The Senate bill protects coverage for preexisting conditions and you don't hear this from the Democrats, they like to tell you the opposite and they don't even know the bill,” Trump said. “They run out and say 'death, death, death.' Well, ObamaCare is the one that's death, and besides that it's failing.”