Trump says up­com­ing health vote is GOP’s chance to keep vow

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

A peeved Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump brow­beat Repub­li­can opponents of his party’s reel­ing health care bill Monday, as­sert­ing that his pre­de­ces­sor’s sig­na­ture over­haul has meant “death’’ and say­ing the Se­nate’s planned face­off vote is their chance to keep their pledge to repeal it.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell said he’d call a piv­otal vote Tuesday on be­gin­ning de­bate on the leg­is­la­tion, a roll call that seemed likely to go badly for the GOP. He said he’s “made a com­mit­ment to the peo­ple I rep­re­sent’’ to undo Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health care over­haul, in what seemed a pointed re­minder to Repub­li­can se­na­tors that they’ve made the same vow.

McCon­nell, R-Ky., did not de­scribe pre­cisely what ver­sion of the GOP leg­is­la­tion se­na­tors would be vot­ing on. That omis­sion has caused con­fu­sion and frus­tra­tion among some Repub­li­can se­na­tors, though oth­ers have said they ex­pect McCon­nell to clar­ify that by the time vot­ing be­gins.

At the White House, Trump lam­basted Democrats who helped en­act the 2010 health care law and now uni­formly op­pose the GOP at­tempt to scrap and re­write it.

“They run out and say, ‘Death, death, death,’’’ Trump said, with a back­drop of fam­i­lies that he said have en­coun­tered prob­lems get­ting af­ford­able, re­li­able med­i­cal cov­er­age be­cause of Obama’s statute. “Well, Oba­macare is death. That’s the one that’s death.’’

Some Democrats have said the GOP repeal ef­fort would lead to death for pa­tients who lose cov­er­age. The non­par­ti­san Con­gres­sional Bud­get Of­fice has said var­i­ous ver­sions of the leg­is­la­tion would mean more than 20 mil­lion Amer­i­cans would be­come unin­sured by 2026.

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