President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning called for letting Obamacare fail, hours after urging Republicans to act now to repeal the law and replace it at a later date, a move that Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) warned would be a “humanitarian disaster of incomprehensible scale.”
“As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning, after having written Monday night that “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urged Republicans to repeal ObamaCare now and push replacement efforts until after the 2018 midterm election, a move supported by President Trump and a growing number of Republicans.
“CBO scored repeal without a replacement – it’s a humanitarian disaster of incomprehensible scale. 32M lose insurance. Premiums go up 100%,” Murphy tweeted late Monday.
According to a report earlier this year by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), repealing portions of ObamaCare without enacting a replacement could leave 18 million people without health insurance the following year.
The Hill adds:
Most of the reductions in coverage would be from repealing the penalty for not having health insurance, the CBO estimated, because people would just drop their insurance plans.
After the elimination of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion and insurance subsidies, 27 million people would lose insurance, then 32 million in 2026, the CBO found.
Trump also blamed his latest legislative failure on Democrats. “With only a very small majority, the Republicans in the House & Senate need more victories next year since Dems totally obstruct, no votes!” he tweeted, adding, “The Senate must go to a 51 vote majority instead of current 60 votes. Even parts of full Repeal need 60. 8 Dems control Senate. Crazy!”
However, Trump’s suggestion to get rid of the filibuster would not have guaranteed the success of the GOP plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. The Senate considered the measure under budget reconciliation rules, which only required a 51-vote majority to pass, according to The Hill.