Trump Demands Republican Senators Vote to Repeal “Nightmare” Obamacare

He also falsely claimed the health care law has “wreaked havoc” for 17 years.

President Donald Trump slammed the Affordable Care Act on Monday as a “big, fat, ugly lie” and urged Republican senators to fulfill the party’s longstanding promise to repeal and replace the health care law. 

“We as a party must fulfill that solemn promise to the voters of this country to repeal and replace,” Trump said at the White House, standing in front of three families supporting repeal efforts who were invited to appear during the televised remarks. “But so far, Senate Republicans have not done their job in ending the Obamacare nightmare.”

At one point, Trump falsely claimed his predecessor’s health care law had been in place for 17 years.

“Obamacare has broken our health care system,” he added. “It’s broken. It’s collapsing, it’s gone, and now it is up to us to get great health care for the American people.” 

The president also took aim at Democrats and accused lawmakers across the aisle of obstructing progress on health care. 

The Senate is scheduled to begin debating a health care bill on Tuesday, although it remains unclear which version of the legislation will be brought to the floor. Earlier on Monday, Trump warned Republicans that this will be their “last chance” to dismantle Obamacare. 

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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