Today the Senate votes on the Obamacare repeal bill, to which President Donald Trump is predicting a ‘great victory’ for Republicans.
‘ObamaCare is torturing the American People. The Democrats have fooled the people long enough. Repeal or Repeal & Replace! I have pen in hand,’ Trump tweeted.
The president also gave Senator John McCain a hero’s welcome back to Washington on Tuesday as the Capitol braced itself for the vote that’s a linchpin to Trump’s domestic policy agenda.
McCain, who’s recovering from brain surgery, could be the decider in the procedural motion that needs 51 votes to pass. The GOP holds 52 seats in the Senate and can lean on the vice president in case of a tie.
‘So great that John McCain is coming back to vote. Brave – American hero!’ Trump said.
McCain announced his return, to the surprise of many, Monday evening. This will be his first appearance on the Hill since it was announced he has brain cancer.
Republican senators will huddle one last time before the vote at their weekly policy luncheon this afternoon. They plan to bring the motion to proceed to debate on Obamacare repeal sometime after 2 pm. Trump has a news conference scheduled for 3 pm Eastern.
He ordered senators yesterday from the bully pulpit of the White House to take the vote today.
‘The American people have waited long enough. There has been enough talk and no action. Now is the time for action,’ Trump demanded in remarks from the Blue Room. ‘Obamacare has broken our system. It’s broken. It’s collapsing. It’s gone. And now it is up to us to get great health care for the American people.’
Trump released a series of tweets on Tuesday that he has pen in hand, waiting to sign an Obamacare repeal bill.
‘Big day for HealthCare. After 7 years of talking, we will soon see whether or not Republicans are willing to step up to the plate!’ he said. ‘This will be a very interesting day for HealthCare. The Dems are obstructionists but the Republicans can have a great victory for the people!’
The president has warned politicians that if they allowed the nation’s health care system to flatline, they would ‘feel the wrath of their constituents’ at the ballot box in the up coming elections.
‘Any senator who votes against starting debate is telling the American people you are fine with the Obamacare nightmare,’ he proclaimed. ‘There is still time to do the right thing.’
Hammering once again on ‘obstructionist’ Democrats, Trump said, ‘They run out, they say, “Death, death, death.”
‘Well, Obamacare is death. That’s the one that’s death. And besides that, it’s failing so you won’t have it anyway.’
Earlier on Monday Trump told Republicans that they’re staring down their ‘last chance’ to get rid of Obamacare.
So what do you think is going to happen today?
Will America finally be freed from the grip of Obamacare?