'Let Obamacare fail,' Trump says after GOP plan collapses

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President Donald Trump declared Tuesday he's going to "let Obamacare fail" after the Republicans' effort to rewrite the 2010 health care overhaul imploded in Congress. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed a vote on a backup plan simply repealing the statute, but desertions by his own party seemed to ensure that would fail, too.

On Monday night, two more Republican senators came out against the plan, bringing the number of Republican "no" votes up to four, meaning it will not pass.

"I think we're probably in that position where we'll just let Obamacare fail," the president said. "We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you that the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us and they're going to say, 'How do we fix it?'"

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) told News 12 Long Island that repealing the health care law without replacing it at the same time would be irresponsible. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer agreed. 

"It should be crystal clear to everyone on the other side of the aisle that the core of the bill is unworkable. It's time to move on. It's time to start over," he said. 

News 12 spoke with Long Island residents who said both sides should come together to figure out a bipartisan solution for the nation's health care system.

AP Wire Services were used in this report. 

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