Trump: ‘We Will Have The Votes For Health Care’

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Republicans will repeal Obamacare, but not before the Senate’s budget reconciliation loophole expires Saturday.

“We will have the votes for Healthcare but not for the reconciliation deadline of Friday, after which we need 60. Get rid of Filibuster Rule,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that Republicans’ 11th-hour proposal to upend Obamacare, known as Graham-Cassidy, will not be brought to the Senate floor for a vote before the budget reconciliation deadline expires on Sept. 30.

“We haven’t given up on changing the American health care system,” McConnell told reporters. “We aren’t going to be able to do it this week.”

The fourth Republican senator came out against Graham-Cassidy Monday, which made leadership believe it was best to table the legislation for the time being.

After Sept. 30, Republican leadership will have to pass Obamacare repeal through regular order Senate rules, which requires 60 “yes” votes and allows Democrats to filibuster. The president is not in favor of the regular order process, which is why he tweeted “get rid of the filibuster rule.”

The Senate has voted three times to repeal and replace Obamacare under budget reconciliation rules, only to fall short each time.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told The Daily Caller News Foundation that his plan to repeal major portions of former President Barack Obama’s hallmark health care bill will come up for a vote after the party pushes tax reform.

“What I would expect is that we take a clear shot at taxes. We’ll use the time to come up with a better process for health care,” Graham told TheDCNF. “We will have a debate worthy of a great country and when taxes are over early next year, which is what I envision, we’ll go back to repealing and replacing Obamacare.”


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