Apparently, Trump Is Coming To Terms With Likelihood That Healthcare Bill Will Fail

The repeal of Obamacare has been a major goal of President Donald Trump since he took office. Repealing the unpopular Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a staple in the president's list of campaign promises, and shortly after taking office he pushed lawmakers to move quickly on the issue. Six months later, lawmakers are still struggling with juggling the repeal and replace legislations. The Senate Majority Leader announced on Tuesday that there would be yet another delay. The president wasn't happy about it, but he accepted it.

Repealing and replacing Obamacare is not going to be as easy as Mr. Trump had hoped. Even for the man who literally wrote the book on 'The Art of The Deal', negotiating the massive change is not happening fast enough. The president came to terms with the fact yesterday that his push to get the ACA repealed might fail again.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) held a press conference on Tuesday and announced that repeal of the bill is going to be delayed. At least five Republican senators are still not on board with the new bill due to its unpopularity.

Reports have said the Congressional Budget Office reported that the new Republican health care bill would cause more than 22 million people to lose their health insurance by next year.

The CBO report actually said that some 14 million people will no longer be insured by the ACA. The reasoning behind this is that, if the ACA is repealed, as many as seven million are expected to switch to private or employer-provided insurance plans, others may opt out and switch to healthcare savings plans or private exchanges. Some will simply opt out of having health care altogether when the mandate is lifted.

The '22 million' making headlines includes that 14 million, as well as millions who are not currently covered.

Because of the uproar over the bill and the claim that 22 million Americans will lose coverage, GOP senators are shying away from it. At least five are unwilling to support the bill as it currently stands.

The president invited the 52 Republican senators to the White House to see if he can help negotiate a deal. "This will be great if we get it done. And if we don't get it done it's going to be something that we're not going to like. And that's OK. And I understand that very well," Trump said to the senators present for the meeting.

"So we're going to talk and we're going to see what we can do. And we're getting very close, but for the country we have to have health care," Trump told the group gathered at the White House. "And it can't be Obamacare, which is melting down," he said as the meeting began.

He admitted that they might fail, but that he was still committed to the campaign promise. "I think we have the chance to do something very, very important for the public, very, very important for the people of our country that we love," Trump said, showing a bit more encouragement.

Reporters were, at that point, asked to leave the room. At the conclusion of the meeting, unfortunately, they were unable to reach an agreement. Trump remained optimistic, however. After the meeting, Trump tweeted about it. "I just finished a great meeting with the Republican Senators concerning HealthCare. They really want to get it right, unlike OCare!" he wrote.

He also tweeted, "With ZERO Democrats to help, and a failed, expensive and dangerous ObamaCare as the Dems legacy, the Republican Senators are working hard!"

The vote has been delayed until after the Fourth of July recess.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: MailOnline

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