President Trump said he’ll be “very angry” if Senate Republicans aren’t able to pass a bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, as GOP leaders get ready to unveil their updated legislation.
Trump said Republicans have been promising for years that they’d repeal ObamaCare, and now with Republicans controlling Congress and the White House, he said he’s “waiting” to sign a repeal bill. If Senate Republicans aren’t able to pass their bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, he said that’d be “very bad.”
“Well, I don’t even want to talk about it, because I think it would be very bad. I will be very angry about it and a lot of people will be very upset,” Trump said during an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network’s Pat Robertson.
“But I’m sitting waiting for that bill to come to my desk. I hope that they do it. They’ve been promising it for years. They’ve been promising it ever since ObamaCare, which is failed. It’s a failed experiment. It is totally gone. It’s out of business, and we have to get this done.”
Senate GOP leaders are expected to reveal their updated bill on Thursday, with the hopes of bringing on more conservative and moderate senators who are opposed to the initial bill. With at least 10 Republican senators opposed, leadership delayed a vote that was scheduled for late June.
A Congressional Budget Office score on the updated bill is expected to be released on Monday, with a potential vote set up for next week. On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) his colleagues not to block the Senate from taking up the bill. Republicans can only afford to lose two senators, with Vice President Pence casting the tiebreaking vote.
When asked if McConnell can get the bill through the upper chamber, Trump said, “He’s got to pull it off. Mitch has to pull it off. He’s working very hard. He’s got to pull it off.”