While not giving up all hope on the bill, President Trump said Monday that he is expecting the GOP’s last-ditch ObamaCare repeal effort to fail, saying Republicans will lose “two or three” more votes and “that’s the end of that.”
“Looks like Susan Collins and some others who will vote against,” Trump said during an interview on the “Rick & Bubba” radio show. “We’re going to lose two or three votes and that’s the end of that.”
Trump blamed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose thumbs down killed a skinny ObamaCare repeal bill in July, for costing his party a victory.
Trump said that “the only reason we don’t have” repeal is “because of John McCain.”
“What McCain has done is a tremendous slap in the face of the Republican party,” Trump said. “Without John McCain, we already have the health care.”
The Hill added:
McCain on Friday said he “cannot in good confidence” vote for the latest ObamaCare repeal attempt from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.). McCain took issue with the rushed nature of the bill, saying it did not go through the normal committee process.
Collins on Sunday said it was “very difficult” for her to imagine voting for the bill.
Republicans can only lose three votes. McCain and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have both said they are opposed.
Senate Republicans must pass the bill before Sept. 30 or they’ll lose the ability to use special budgetary rules on ObamaCare repeal in order to overcome a Democratic filibuster.