Having trouble getting the Republican Party to get health care reform through Congress? Get some new Republicans.
That’s at least the solution proposed by President Donald Trump. One day after the GOP’s health care initiative failed in the Senate, the president’s epic response was to elect more Republicans in 2018 to help get his agenda through Congress.
“The majority margin is so small, we’re going to have to go out and get more Republicans elected in ‘18,” Trump told reporters at the White House Tuesday, according to the Washington Times. “And I’ll be working very hard for that to happen.”
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The Republicans’ majority in the Senate is just 52-48, which would have allowed them to lose two votes on health care and still be able to pass it. Last week, two Republican senators announced they would oppose it: libertarian-leaning Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Maine moderate Sen. Susan Collins. On Monday, Fox News reported that two of the more conservative members of the GOP Senate caucus — Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas — announced they would also vote against the bill, effectively killing it.
“In addition to not repealing all of the Obamacare taxes, it doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations,” Lee said in a statement.
“We have 52 people, we had no Democrat support. We had four ‘no’s,’” President Trump said. “It would be nice to have Democrat support but really they’re obstructionist. They have no ideas. They have no thought process. All they want to do is obstruct government and obstruct, period.”
His plan to stop the obstruction? Get more Republicans in power. And that should have Democrats in a panic… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]