Trump fumes over health care reform after 'skinny repeal' defeat

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Trump fumes over health care reform after 'skinny repeal' defeat

Trump was referring to the 60-vote threshold that is needed in the Senate to override a filibuster whenever discussion came up for a bill.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi didn't specifically comment on the Problem Solvers Caucus' plan, but instead pressed GOP leaders to give up the one-party approach they have taken thus far and work on proposals to fix the law.

Mr Trump took to Twitter this morning in apparent frustration over Friday's failure by the Senate Republican majority to pass a bill repealing parts of the Affordable Care Act. The remaining 56 percent was divided between Senate Democrats, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and Republican Sens. Every time an Obamacare repeal measure has failed in the Senate over the past several weeks, it's been because some Republican lawmakers have also cast votes against it. "A JOKE!" The president claimed the current rules are allowing "8 Dems to control country" and changing those rules would let Republicans "complete Healthcare".

President Donald Trump directly referenced Murkowski in a Tweet following a health care vote earlier in the week, criticizing her for her votes on the matter.

The president hasn't always been so eager to get rid of the filibuster. "Republicans made a promise to the American people to repeal and replace this failing law, and while many of us have worked to keep that promise, our efforts were unsuccessful". I hear from fishermen who can't afford the coverage that they have, small business owners who can't afford insurance at all, and those who have gained coverage for the first time in their life. Many great Republican bills will never pass, like Kate's Law and complete Healthcare.

The so-called "skinny" repeal, which would have scaled back some of the more controversial provisions, is the third failed attempt to repeal Obamacare.

In the end, the bill was defeated by three "nos" - Senators John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins. But without a score from the Congressional Budget Office and no sign of buy-in from the Republican defectors who tanked the other repeal bills, the still-unwritten bill appears headed for the same fate as its predecessors. Senate aides said they had no guidance for the agenda beyond that vote.

Trump also warned members of his own party that if they didn't end the filibuster rules - the Democrats would.

A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Saturday shows almost two-thirds of Americans want to either keep or modify Obamacare, and a majority of Americans want Congress to turn its attention to other priorities, the survey found.

McCain voted to advance the botched health care bill, but voted against it when it went for passage.

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