At a White House event Monday, President Trump highlighted what he called the "failures" of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and called on senators to pass a bill that both repeals and replaces the ACA. John McCain, R-Ariz. arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, as the Senate was to vote on moving head on health care with the goal of erasing much of Barack Obama's law.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer urged his GOP colleagues to back away from opening debate. "We as a party must fulfill that solemn promise to the voters".
"So far, Senate Republicans have not done their job in ending the Obamacare nightmare".
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., listens to questions on health care and the Republican effort to repeal ObamaCare. "Every Republican running for office promised immediate relief from this disastrous law".
Besides decrying the shortcomings of Obamacare, Trump touted what he described as the improvements that would come under the GOP legislation.
In fact, even as the administration has repeatedly claimed the Affordable Care Act is dying, it's taken steps to poison it by depressing enrollment and threatening subsidies. He claimed premiums would be "significantly" lowered and health insurance markets would be stabilized - notions that multiple analyses have disputed - and that access to health savings accounts would be expanded. "It was a big, fat, ugly lie".
O'Connell said many Republicans in Congress do not realize that they need to pass some sort of legislation on healthcare, and it needs to happen soon.
"We are here to solve problems for the people. They're obstructionists - that's all they are", Trump said.
The President's tweet comes just over two years after the then-presidential candidate said McCain, who was imprisoned and tortured during the Vietnam War, was not a war hero because he was captured. "Not easy to do".
"It is just extraordinary how upbeat he is and how accepting of his diagnosis - it was truly inspirational to talk with him", she said. And they have Obamacare for a little while longer, until it ceases to exist, which it will at some point in the near future. That's the one that's death.
Other Republicans voting yes, who were undecided previously: Senators Ron Johnson, Jeff Flake, Dan Sullivan. It's an unusual and perhaps unprecedented way to draft a bill that will affect millions of Americans and a large chunk of the economy, to say the least.