Trump Says Health Care Bill Defeat 'Let the American People Down'

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Trump Says Health Care Bill Defeat 'Let the American People Down'

The tweets today continue a theme that the president began early Friday and come after the Republican Senate leaders failed later on Friday to get even the 50 votes needed to push through a so-called "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski were the GOP's lone "no" votes.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, said Friday that Republicans have to "regroup" and find a strategy that can get 51 votes in the Senate.

"Right now, we go forward recognizing the value of the Affordable Care Act, which last night was once again protected and we take great pride in that", she said.

Afterward, it was a different story, with the president tweeting at 2:25 a.m. ET that those who voted no had "let the American people down".

Supporting Trump in his decision to air his dirty laundry with Murkowski in 140-characters or less, GOP Senator Buddy Carter of Georgia said, "Let me tell you, somebody needs to go over there to that Senate and snatch a knot in their ass", meaning that someone should go hit Murkowski.

In the early morning hours Friday, the senator showed why he earned the nickname "Maverick" over his long tenure.

Collins has opposed repeal and replace efforts from the beginning, and Murkowski has also been critical of much of what the Senate Republican leadership has proposed.

A spokesman for former President Barack Obama says that the Affordable Care Act "has always been about something bigger than politics".

Still, Ryan had seemingly opened a path for McConnell earlier Thursday by signaling a willingness to negotiate a more comprehensive bill with the Senate. Insurers' final rates for plans offered through Obamacare are due to be submitted to the government in mid-August, and without a government commitment to pay certain subsidies, insurers would be forced to raise premium rates another 20 percent, the group wrote. Republicans have 52 seats in the Senate but Mr Trump has failed to coalesce his party around a healthcare strategy. Some Republican senators had been concerned that the House would simply pass McConnell's "skinny bill" and send it to Trump. Conservatives wanted a bill that would substantially gut Obamacare, while moderates were concerned over legislation that could deprive millions of Americans of their healthcare coverage.

In a dramatic showdown that required Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie vote and that prompted Republican Sen.

A Congressional Budget Office analysis estimated that the HCFA would have increased the number of uninsured people in the United States by 16 million over the next 10 years. It will also require courage and conviction, two qualities exemplified in Senator John McCain's vote.

Freshman Florida Republican Rep. Francis Rooney told CNN that the collapse of the Obamacare repeal effort was "a bit of a civics lesson" and observing the fallout after his first 7 months of a topsy-turvy process, remarked, "it's just a very, very unusual time here".

McCain and Trump clashed repeatedly during The Donald's successful campaign for the White House. Democrats briefly broke into cheers, which Minority Leader Chuck Schumer quickly waved his arm to quiet.

When McCain walked to the front of the Senate chamber to cast his deciding "no" vote, giving a thumbs down, Democrats cheered, knowing the bill would fail.

McCain, who had voted for a motion to proceed to the bill Tuesday after returning to Washington following surgery for a brain tumor, held out all day, including in a news conference where he criticized the partisan process that led to the after-midnight vote. But McCain had apparently made up his mind. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen.

"It's time to move on", McConnell said after the defeat.

"This was a heavy lift".

Senator Dean Heller, R-NV, signed onto an amendment by Senators Graham and Cassidy that would cut some Medicaid funding to states, but replace it with federal grant money.

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