Trump Says "Let ObamaCare Fail" As Senate GOP Lack Votes For Repeal

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Following the news that 'repeal' would not garner the votes required to pass, President Trump said he was disappointed in the Senate's failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and argued that Republicans should now let the law fail on its own.

As The Hill reports, in his first on-camera remarks about the stalemate in the Senate, Trump said that Republicans should now “let ObamaCare fail” following the collapse of their effort to repeal and replace the law.

He added that it “will be a lot easier” to allow ObamaCare to falter on its own. 
“I think we're probably in that position where we'll let ObamaCare fail,” he said.
“We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let ObamaCare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us."
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Well that did not take long. Somewhat unsurprisingly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s new proposal to simply repeal Obamacare is already dead after GOP Senators Susan Collins, Shelley Moore Capito and Lisa Murkowski said Tuesday they’ll oppose a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Murkowski, who previously balked at the last version of the ObamaCare bill, said she is a "no" on the motion to proceed to a repeal-only plan. She is the third Republican senator to take that position.

"No. I said back in January that if we're going to do a repeal there has to be a replacement. There's enough chaos and uncertainty already," she told reporters Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Republican Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Susan Collins said on Tuesday that they will not support moving forward with the plan to repeal ObamaCare with a delayed replacement.

"My position on this issue is driven by its impact on West Virginians. With that in mind, I cannot vote to repeal ObamaCare without a replacement plan that addresses my concerns and the needs of West Virginians," Capito said in a statement.

Collins said that she is still a "no" on proceeding to the House-passed bill, which would be used as a vehicle for any Senate action.

“We can’t just hope that we will pass a replacement within the next two years. Repealing without a replacement would create great uncertainty for individuals who rely on the [Affordable Care Act] and cause further turmoil in the insurance markets," she said.

And to kill the bill, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also said she wouldn’t vote to take up a repeal-alone measure.

"There’s enough chaos and uncertainty already and this would just contribute to it," Murkowski told reporters.

The announcements effectively put the healthcare push in limbo. With a 52-seat majority, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) can only afford to lose two senators and still let Vice President Pence break a tie.

Reuters reports that President Trump says:

"We are at a point where we likely need to let ObamaCare fail... Democrats will then come to us."

Confirming his earlier tweet:

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer urged Republicans to start over and work with Democrats.

"The door to bipartisanship is open right now, not with repeal, but with an effort to improve the existing system," he said on the Senate floor.

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JustPrintMoreDuh's picture

Shocked.  No really.

FrozenGoodz's picture


2018 can't come soon enough

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Worthless RINO cat ladies strike again

NidStyles's picture

These fuckers can't seem to understand. We don't want their dictats.

Unreliable Narrator's picture

One step closer to both parties self-destructing.  Can't wait.

FrozenGoodz's picture

This guys lack of brilliance is mind-boggling

We've been had

What happens under your presidency you will own mr. precedent

Bay of Pigs's picture

You aren't very bright are you?

NugginFuts's picture

Trump won't own ObamaCare, but he'll have to own the failure of ObamaCare 2.0. Fact.

Bay of Pigs's picture

I doubt any healthcare bill will reach his desk in the next year or two. I'm with the holdouts on this. Don't do anything. Let it collapse.

NugginFuts's picture

I'd be down with that. Either do it right, or don't do it at all. 

froze25's picture

If Fanny and Freddie funds are no longer being used to subsidize ACA or Obama Care then it will fail on its own. Tick toc.

NugginFuts's picture

Yes, please, and the sooner the better. 

eclectic syncretist's picture

This was always going to be the outcome with this crooked unipartisan Congress, so the faster Trump is able to get past it the better. Obama owns obamacare, and the democrats and some pugs own the fact that they couldn't do better. Midterms are barely a year away!

macholatte's picture


As nearly all of us here well know, Obamacare was never about health or care. It was designed to self destruct in 2018 and cause massive trouble for the sheeple who would demand that the government take over just like in any third world shit hole country.

Those facts are sorely missing from the discussion and there is going to be a lot of pain for the sheeple. Unfortunately, there will be very little pain for the politicians.

We are so fucked.  Where are all the gun guys with their bullshit bravado proclaiming that they’re going to do somehting “IF”? Well, dipshits. IF just happened again and the Progressives will sleep well tonight. Barry & Soros are laughing.

silverserfer's picture

never trust a liberal with math or money. or anything really. maybe where to plant a tree in a park, but thats risky. 

ejmoosa's picture

It was also about forced consumption of an overpriced "service" that many of us neither wanted nor needed.

This forced consumption has helped to prop up GDP since it was passed.

Hal n back's picture

Here is an idea; how about a plan that will not cost one thin dime, You keep your coverage, doctors, and hospital.No tax increases and no subsidies from government which is really a tax anyway.

You are guaranteed coverage but your rating for premium is determined by insurance companies and there shall be robust competition between them.

If you wait to buy coverage and you expect healthy premums when you do get sick at age 55, you have to first pay in the premiums you would have paid in since age 26, plus interest, plus a fee for risk that you tried to avoid. Then you can have a premium the same as a healthy person. Otherwise, you took a self insured risk and lost.

We do not drive down Doctors costs on Medicare, to offset the cost of a new healthcare program. Any cost savings in Medicare stays in Medicare.


But first, pleae try to explain why after employees and employers paying in for Social Security and Medicare for up to 45 years each, why ther is no fucking money put aside for seniors benefits. That the money inthe respective trusts are IOU's from the GOVT which can only pay those off by issuing new debt.

In other words, why did the government co mingle our benefit money with general funds and just who allowed that to occur???

That folks is treasonous, not the bullcrap going on with Russia and Trump. Elected and appointed officcials intentionally deceived the public making the country weaker.




ejmoosa's picture

if we really had free markets you would get more services and coverage for less money in the future, just like we get with our cell phones...Only difference is one is controlled by government and one is not.

ejmoosa's picture

if we really had free markets you would get more services and coverage for kess money in the future, just like we get with our cell phones...Only difference is one is controlled by government and one is not.

runswithscissors's picture

Don't enforce the penalty and it will collapse even faster.

jcaz's picture


The dimmer snowflakes in the group (and I'm looking at you, Freezy and Numbnuts) haven't figured out that this is good thing.

Let it fail, and prove that Government has NO business being involved in health care.

Smart move by Trump- he gets what he promised, while exposing both sides of the table for what they are.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Once created no giant government bureaucracy will ever be singly terminated. All the the bureaucracies will fail together.

oldmanofthesee's picture

Of course, that's the move. But....they should have kept their mouths shut, from the beginning, and just follow the law! Stupidity and a rudderless ship, terrible combination.

Unreliable Narrator's picture

Incorrect.  Do you know why?


Hint:  Black swan says there won't be Obamacare 2.0.

enfield0916's picture

I never knew there was a 2.0 version of Obozocare. What's in it? Anal probes at airports by the TSA?!

froze25's picture

If the article contains the word Trump, FrozenGoodz will be there to comment. Grammar be damned!!! Notice how the comments have nothing to do with the article, just a negative phrase or two directed at the President, almost robotic.

doctor10's picture

they would all hope it collapses into single payer. If it collapses it may take with it.

The USA is too heterogenous for single-payer. The European Countries where it historically worked well were homogeneous-and now that they have been refugee-invaded its all going to hell. The more heterogenous a country's population-the more expensive it is.

Tip O'Neill-the Democrat Speaker of the House during Reagan's tenure in the White House once observed he would never bring health care to a vote because it would destroy the successful American legislative process.

Congress historically legislates to a very small minority population-wise. There is always a lobbying "buffer" between the issue and those being regulated that serves to further expand the representation of those subject to regulation/legislation. They have a firm on K St. in DC they can call on to help with their representation before congress if things are going south.

Healthcare affects the entire population. There is no specific lobby for patients. Only the income tax is as broadly applied-and that was incrementally implemented over a 100 yr time span. Imagine the trauma to the country if it was first enacted in its entirety in 2015.

ObamaCare has screwed the's carefully crafted DC legislative process, assembled over several generations. It is ir-reparable. It cannot be tinkered with. It cannot be "mended"-there is no sufficient lobby capable of ensuring appropriate mending for the people's benefit. The only lobby's involved in the legislation is pharma and big hospital systems and insurance companies. All of which will prevail over the people. It must be ended.

Killtruck's picture

The great thing about socialism and socialist policies is that given enough time, they end themselves. 

Of course, most people starve around that time, but you get the idea.  

Peacefulwarrior's picture

Trumps lack of Obamacare involvement going forward may be brilliant, it will set the precedent to force eventual action when panic ensues.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Sabotage something ... and then blame the something for it's implosion ... the best words

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

You accurately state the standard progressive plan.

What about this situation?

Bludklot's picture

Where is the sabotage? The whole plan was on autopilot. Schumer says he wants to work with the Repubs to fix Obamacare but has he surfaced a single proposal? Even a suggestion? He is waiting for a plan so he can look down his hook nose with his reading glasses slid way down and bitch and moan and point his snotty finger for the rest of time. He is no more prepared to do anything than anyone else in Congress with the exception of Rand Paul, who acutally articulated what to me was a decent plan. One cannot blame the loss of coverage on the writers of the plan if the plan allows one to sit it out and not participate. Make it voluntary and let those that want it sign up for it and fuck the rest of them.

Hal n back's picture

we are already insolvent-what difference wil anything make?

aliens is here's picture

You are a pretty stupid man so stupid your parents don't want you around.

Playtime's Over's picture

What is thier to own. If Trump leaves the wonderful Ovomitcare in place everything will continue to be fine. Right? Whats the danger?  FOAD troll

The Ram's picture

Failure is good.  Crash is even better.  Let's see what they come up with when a family has to spend 50K/year for medical insurance with a 25K yearly deductible.  LMAO!

ejmoosa's picture

Where's the Bipartisanship?  You mean there are not two Democrats who are willing to repeal this crap we call Obamacare?

Gold Pedant's picture

You left off the "polar" part.

ejmoosa's picture

Don't get me wrong.  I am glad that it has failed.  And I am glad Trump is taking this path.

Lousy legislation cannot be replaced.  It must be erased from existence.

The RINOs have shown their true colors once again.  It's also time we replaced them.  

And Democrats?  Watch them scream as their own handiwork implodes.

Did Lincoln erase slavery piecemeal?  Or with a two year delay? No.


Cloud9.5's picture

Lincoln did not erase slavery.  The radical republicans erased it.

NEOSERF's picture

Dems will spend next 14 months til mid-term elections blindy wandering around trying to pin the Obamacare tail on any donkey stupid enough to stick it's ass out...

Hal n back's picture

Hey, just thinking of a Buffett quote-"don't bet against the USA"

Freddie's picture

Yes but Pres. Jared Kushner-Soros can rush to IsriHell on a moments notice to see if Bibi needs another $38 billion or Congress can appropriate another $800 billion for another fake war or worthless weapons system.

Let Americans get sick and die.  Fu**ing RINO-NeoCons and Dem Neo-Libs - all dual shitizens troo.

StychoKiller's picture

Billions of dollars’ worth of arms against Syria

Guess WHO has their fingerprints on this! Thank you, US taxpayers!