WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday urged Republican senators not to give up trying to pass a healthcare bill, after they failed last week to muster enough votes to repeal and replace parts of Obamacare.
For the second day running Trump tweeted his impatience with Congress' inability to accomplish its seven-year goal of replacing the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature healthcare bill commonly known as Obamacare. "Don't give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace ..." the president said in a tweet.
Responding to Saturday's tweet, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said that if the president carried out that threat, "every expert agrees that (insurance) premiums will go up and health care will be more expensive for millions of Americans." Some congressional Republicans have said they are trying to find a way forward on healthcare.
However, a majority of Americans are ready to move on from healthcare at this point. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Saturday, 64 percent of 1,136 people surveyed on Friday and Saturday said they wanted to keep Obamacare, either "entirely as is" or after fixing "problem areas." That is up from 54 percent in January.