Democrats who have loudly opposed Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act “have no policies or ideas,” President Donald Trump wrote online Monday morning, and are themselves responsible for the controversial healthcare legislation that GOP lawmakers have campaigned against for years.
“The Democrats have become nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS, they have no policies or ideas. All they do is delay and complain. They own ObamaCare!” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday morning.
The president’s promise to repeal and replace his predecessor’s signature healthcare legislation is nearing a key hurdle this week, when the Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill that would undo Obamacare. If passed, it would need to be reconciled with the House version, passed weeks ago, before making its way to Trump’s desk.
Trump’s labeling of Democrats as obstructionists has been a regular refrain, but with majorities in both the House and Senate, it is Republicans, not Democrats, who have thus far been the biggest obstacle to the president’s repeal-and-replace promise.
It took GOP legislators in the House of Representatives two tries to pass a repeal-and-replace measure after weeks of working to strike a compromise between arch-conservative and moderate Republican members. The final version wound up passing by just a handful of votes.
And in the Senate, where the GOP majority is tighter, Republicans can afford to lose just two members of their caucus and still pass their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Already five GOP senators have expressed opposition to the bill, although all have left open the possibility that they could support it if changes are made.