Donald Trump’s bid to repeal and replace the Obamacare health policy has suffered a setback as his administration failed to garner enough support for it, prompting the US President to issue an ultimatum to his fellow Republicans to back the move.
The vote to repeal and replace Obamacare was initially scheduled for Thursday night. However, in the absence of a majority, House Speaker Paul Ryan has now pushed it for Friday. It could even happen on Monday.
The message was communicated through the White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.
Mulvaney warned that if the legislation fails to pass through the Congress, Trump would move ahead with his other priorities.
“We have to have a vote tomorrow. He expects it to pass, but he’s moving on if for some reason, it didn’t,” Congressman Chris Collins from New York told reporters.
In a closed-door meeting with Republican lawmakers, Trump warned his partymen to leave Obamacare in place unless they pass the legislation to repeal and replace it, according to news reports. “Disastrous #Obamacare has led to higher costs & fewer options. It will only continue to get worse! We must #RepealANDReplace. #PassTheBill,” Trump said in a tweet.
The White House said the people of the country were waiting for the political leadership to fulfill the promise made in the election campaign. “The American people will be counting on to fulfill their promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare by supporting this bill,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. He said the bill has truly been a collaborative effort from the beginning.
“Through an open and deliberative process, the President and his team have helped to negotiate a very strong bill,” he said.