The Senate rejected three attempts by McConnell last month to approve legislation annulling and rewriting Obamacare
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican from Kentucky, listens as Sen. Cory Gardner, Republican from Colorado, (L), speaks on Capitol Hill Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite, photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite
10 of August 2017 14:23:57
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump resumed his taunts of the Senate's top Republican on Thursday, expressing disbelief that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn't persuade a GOP majority to pass a health care bill.
Hours later, Trump used Twitter to target McConnell again, even as much of Washington was more focused on the ratcheting up of nuclear tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. This time, Trump nudged McConnell to plunge into a range of issues, though Congress is on recess until after Labor Day.
Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2017
The president bristled this week after McConnell told an audience in his home state of Kentucky that Trump had "not been in this line of work before" and had "excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process." Both before and after taking office, Trump spoke often about passing the health care overhaul quickly."Obviously, there's some frustration," White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of Trump's tweets. She said the two men spoke by phone Wednesday and that the conversation included talk of health care. Sanders said she didn't know how long they talked.Asked to respond to Trump's statement, McConnell spokesman David Popp said, "The leader has spoken repeatedly about the path forward regarding Obamacare repeal and replace on the Senate floor, at media availabilities and in Kentucky."
Mitch, get back to work and put Repeal & Replace, Tax Reform & Cuts and a great Infrastructure Bill on my desk for signing. You can do it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2017
A small handful of online exchanges created by Obama's law may have no insurers offering coverage next year, but many may have just one company selling policies. Many insurers around the country are proposing to raise premiums, often citing worries that the Trump administration will take steps to undermine the markets, such as halting federal subsidies they receive to lower costs for millions of people.
Senator Mitch McConnell said I had "excessive expectations," but I don't think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017