Republican rebels call for substantial changes to 'Trumpcare' as president promises a 'big surprise'
An optimistic Donald Trump has promised a ‘big surprise’ with his healthcare bill despite Senate Republican leaders abandoning this week’s plans for a vote on healthcare reform. Nine party rebels want substantial changes to the legislation but that’s not worrying the president.
“Obamacare is dying; it’s essentially dead. You don’t give it the subsidy: it will die within 24 hours. It’s—, it’s been a headache for everybody; it’s been a nightmare for many.
And we are looking at a health care that would be a fantastic tribute to our country:
I think we’re going to get, at least, very close and I think we’re going to get it over the line.”
With just 52 Republicans in the Senate, the White House can only afford to lose two senators to pass the Senate’s version of legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare — a promise at the core of nearly every Republicans’ campaign platforms in recent years.
So called “Trumpcare” is facing widespread criticism from the public as well as on Capital Hill.
Fundamentally its seen as stripping protections for the poor and elderly. Trump’s promise of a “big surprise” has left everyone guessing.