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

Posted: Updated:
WASHINGTON -

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. 

  • PoliticsMore>>

  • Village Vote 2018 results

    Village Vote 2018 results

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:32 PM EDT2018-06-20 03:32:08 GMT
    Island Vote 2018Island Vote 2018

    Check here for 2018 village vote results.

    Check here for 2018 village vote results.

  • State Health Dept. high on legalizing marijuana

    State Health Dept. high on legalizing marijuana

    Monday, June 18 2018 10:14 PM EDT2018-06-19 02:14:55 GMT
    After Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the state Health Department to review the idea of legalizing marijuana in New York, the health commissioner found that the pros outweigh the cons.After Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the state Health Department to review the idea of legalizing marijuana in New York, the health commissioner found that the pros outweigh the cons.

    After Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the state Health Department to review the idea of legalizing marijuana in New York, the health commissioner found that the pros outweigh the cons.

    After Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the state Health Department to review the idea of legalizing marijuana in New York, the health commissioner found that the pros outweigh the cons.

  • Schumer pushes back against border policy blame claim

    Schumer pushes back against border policy blame claim

    Monday, June 18 2018 5:31 PM EDT2018-06-18 21:31:31 GMT

    United States Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing back against President Donald Trump's claim that Democrats are to blame for the policy separating families at the border.

    United States Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing back against President Donald Trump's claim that Democrats are to blame for the policy separating families at the border.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."