After the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare failed last week, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to offer his prescription for how Republicans should move forward on health care:
But a new poll released Monday indicates the American people are not on board with that strategy.
After the Senate barely passed the motion to proceed to debate on Obamacare repeal earlier this week, the Senate has taken two votes to repeal Obama's signature legislation, both of which have failed.
On Tuesday, the Senate took up their repeal and replace bill, which went down 43-57. On Wednesday, they attempted a clean repeal bill with a 2 year delay to come up with a replacement. That failed by a 45-55 margin.
Trumpcare has returned, and now has the backing of the House Freedom Caucus thanks to a new amendment to the bill. That amendment includes language that would allow members of Congress and their staff to keep benefits that the American Health Care Act will eliminate for ordinary citizens.
The amendment was designed to allow states to create plans that do not include popular coverage for items such as preexisting conditions, maternity care, prescription drugs, and mental health. If states apply for a waiver it is automatically granted, making it easier to change benefits.
President Donald Trump threatened to end funding that helps poor Americans get heath care. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the president said he was considering taking the action to force Democrats to negotiate and support plans to end Obamacare.
"Schumer should be calling me up and begging me to help him save Obamacare. He should be calling me and begging me to help him save Obamacare, along with Nancy Pelosi," said Trump.
The plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act hit a new, unexpected roadblock yesterday. The release of the bills drafted in two different House committees finally provided a few details for the plan Republicans will offer to replace the healthcare program started under the Obama administration.
Shortly afterward, Republican Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Rob Portman (R-OH) released a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stating "the February 10th draft proposal from the House does not meet the test of stability for individuals currently enrolled in the program and we will not support a plan that does not include stability for Medicaid expansion populations or flexibility for states." The senators join the ranks of a wide variety of constituents and groups opposed to the plan.