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DC Daily: President Trump tells Republicans to 'just repeal' Obamacare

Posted: 9:11 AM, Jul 18, 2017
Updated: 2017-07-18 12:11:38-04
DC Daily: President Trump tells Republicans to 'just repeal' Obamacare

What's happening in the political world:

Trump strongly suggests GOP "should just repeal" Obamacare
-- In a series of Tuesday morning tweets, President Trump angrily took Democrats "and a few Republicans" to task for the failure to agree on a health care plan that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The president also felt Republicans should approve a straight repeal of Obamacare and start over, saying: "Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!"

Trump suggested letting "ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!" and added, "We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans. Most Republicans were loyal, terrific & worked really hard."

Trump's tweets came hours after two GOP senators came out and stated they would vote against the Senate plan.

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VP Pence speaks out on ongoing health care bill battle
-- Vice President Mike Pence said he and President Trump are behind a plan to repeal Obamacare outright and work on a replacement at a later time.

Pence said at a speech in Washington, "The Senate should vote to repeal now and replace later or return to the legislation carefully created in the House and the Senate. But either way, inaction is not an option. Congress needs to step up, Congress needs to do their job and Congress needs to do their job now."

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Two more GOP senators to vote against health care plan
-- Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah are two of the latest Republican senators who say they will vote against the Senate's health care proposal to replace Obamacare.

The two senators' announcement puts a temporary halt on a vote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hoped to hold this week. A vote had already been postponed due to Arizona Sen. John McCain's unexpected absence from Washington.

The dramatic and simultaneous announcement from Moran and Lee means McConnell officially does not have the votes to even begin debate on his legislation to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. The development deals a devastating blow not only to Republicans who have railed against the law for years, but also President Donald Trump, who campaigned on killing Obamacare and made repealing the law his top legislative priority since taking office.

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CNN contributed to this report