“If you believe repealing and replacing Obamacare is a good idea, this is your best and only chance to make it happen because everything else has failed except this approach,” the Associated Press quoted Graham as saying as he and Cassidy introduced the legislation Wednesday.
Trump has repeatedly blasted Senate Republicans, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in particular, for failing to finally “repeal and replace” the 2010 law this year, despite myriad promises to do so. The Cassidy-Graham bill faces obstacles, including internal divisions among Republicans and a very short window before Congress plans to leave town.
“My administration has consistently worked to enact legislation that repeals and replaces Obamacare and that can pass the Senate and make it to my desk,” Trump said.
He called the health-care law “a complete nightmare for the many Americans who have been devastated by its skyrocketing health-care premiums and deductibles and canceled or shrinking plans,” assertions that most Democrats and some Republicans dispute.
“As I have continued to say, inaction is not an option, and I sincerely hope that senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis,” Trump said.