U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) hailed the collapse last night of the Senate Republican effort to repeal Obamacare, calling the outcome a victory of compassion and good policy – but also cautioning against incessant premature chest-thumping.
“President Trump and Congressional Republicans must once and for all abandon their efforts to repeal and sabotage the Affordable Care Act,” Booker said. “Until they do, we’re not out of the woods. Every American must remain vigilant against further efforts to attack and undermine the life-saving progress made thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and demand that Republicans work in a good faith, bipartisan manner to reduce the cost of, expand access to, and improve the quality of health care for all Americans.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)said last night that the senate’s current approach would fail after two more senators announced opposition to the repeal draft. Without the needed votes, he said, the Senate will take up a repeal-only bill that Congress passed in 2015, according to Reuters.
Trump tweeted blame this morning: “We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans. Most Republicans were loyal, terrific & worked really hard. We will return!”