Trump to GOP: Vote is chance to keep vow

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Alan Fram

WASHINGTON» 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 vote Tues­day on be­gin­ning de­bate on the leg­is­la­tion. While a vic­tory on that ini­tial but cru­cial roll call seemed an up­hill climb, some Repub­li­cans ex­pressed a new op­ti­mism that it would pre­vail — al­though the mea­sure’s fate still seemed gloomy.

McCon­nell, R-Ky., 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 did not de­scribe pre­cisely what ver­sion of the GOP leg­is­la­tion sen­a­tors would be vot­ing on, al­though No. 2 House GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas said Repub­li­cans would dis­cuss that at a pri­vate lunch be­fore the vote.

That omis­sion has caused con­fu­sion and frus­tra­tion among some Repub­li­can sen­a­tors.

At the White House, Trump lam­basted Democrats who helped en­act the 2010

McCain to re­turn to Se­nate on Tues­day.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., an­nounced Mon­day night that he would re­turn to Capi­tol Hill on Tues­day for what is ex­pected to be a key vote to ad­vance health care leg­is­la­tion in the Se­nate. McCain an­nounced last week he was di­ag­nosed with brain can­cer and was re­cu­per­at­ing from surgery in Ari­zona. It is un­clear, how­ever, if McCain’s re­turn will im­prove Repub­li­cans’ prospects of pass­ing a key pro­ce­dural hur­dle to move the health care bill for­ward. — The Washington Post health care law and 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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