President Donald Trump believes he has “one last shot” to convince House and Senate Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare. The President is meeting with Republican Senators over lunch on Wednesday to discuss his last ditch effort.
Trump and Republican Senators are talking about health care just two days after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded that the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare “would be unsuccessful.”
Thousands of U.S. citizens have packed into Republican-led town hall meetings in recent months to show their disapproval of the Republican health care plan.
A senior White House official told ABC News that Donald Trump personally requested the lunch meeting.
“He wants one last shot” to persuade the GOP senators otherwise, according to the official.
Trump is apparently dead set on following through on his campaign promise to end the ACA, despite several failed attempts to pass a misguided Republican-created bill through both the House and Senate.
The Republican Party has come under fire from the party’s own supporters who have demanded a full repeal of Obamacare. Analysts have suggested that the current state of the Republican bill, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), will leave millions of Americans without health insurance while targeting the poor and elderly.
The Trump Administration has attempted to completely deflect responsibility for their complete failure to pass a new health care bill.
“For seven years, I’ve been hearing repeal and replace from Congress, and I’ve been hearing it loud and strong,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday. “And then when we finally get a chance to repeal and replace, they don’t take advantage of it.”
Anonymous Republican lawmakers have publicly scolded Trump for his inability to lead the charge on health care, claiming that he has managed to avoid any leadership role in the bill’s creation and adoption.
McConnell plans to hold a vote in the Senate “early next week” on a measure that would repeal the Affordable Care Act while giving lawmakers two years to find a suitable replacement. Immediately following that announcement, three GOP Senators said they would not support the measure, including Senator John McCain of Arizona.
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