A second attempt to pass a Health Care bill in the Senate collapsed late on July 17. President Trump called for a complete repeal of Obamacare, but others began a movement toward bipartisanship.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced, “Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful.”
Only hours before McConnell’s statement, two Republican leader’s revealed that they would not support the latest version of legislation designed to repeal portions of President Barack Obama’s landmark 2010 health care law. The bill also aimed to immediately replace Obamacare with new, less costly healthcare victuals.
Republicans have promised for seven straight years that they would repeal Obamacare if they were to control Congress and the White House. The surprise came when they learned through polls that the general public liked Obamacare more than their recommended substitutes.
Still, republicans argue that the costly Obamacare is a government over-reach.
The latest event is another clip to Trump, who has yet to win any major legislative initiative in the first six months of his presidency.
President Trump on Twitter wrote that Congress should immediately repeal Obamacare and “start from a clean slate” on a new healthcare plan. He said Democrats would join such an effort. But democrats have consistently refused to have any part of an Obamacare repeal.
The President’s remarks may have prompted McConnell to announce that he would try to bring legislation to repeal Obamacare to the Senate floor, but with a two-year delay in application in order to facilitate a smooth transition.
Republican Senator John McCain, who is recovering from surgery in Arizona, pushed for a much different action – bipartisanship.
“The Congress must now return to regular order, hold hearings, receive input from members of both parties” To install a bill that “finally provides Americans with access to quality and affordable health care.”
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer urged Republicans to “start from scratch and work with Democrats on a bill that lowers premiums, provides long-term stability to the markets and improves our health care system.”
Congressional Republicans had been hoping to resolve a healthcare bill before the August recess and begin work in earnest in September on a broad rewrite of the U.S. tax code.