President Trump on Wednesday demanded that Republican senators cancel their August recess and keep working on repealing Obamacare.
“We shouldn’t leave town until this is complete,” he said at a White House lunch about the Senate’s repeal efforts, according to The Hill.
“We should hammer this out and get it done,” Trump added, noting repeal should be followed by new legislation replacing the controversial healthcare law.
Trump’s remarks follow the collapse of the GOP senators’ latest plan for repealing and replacing Obamacare Tuesday.
Some Twitter users on Wednesday criticized Trump’s treatment of Obamacare, a law he vowed to scrap during his 2016 presidential campaign.
Repealing & replacing Obamacare was the centrepiece of Donald Trump's agenda & the Republican Party's agenda. They couldn't get it done— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) July 19, 2017
Other people on the social media platform attacked Republican senators instead, noting the party has long pledged to erase Obamacare.
Trump’s lunch with Republican senators Wednesday was reportedly aimed at plotting a future course for the party on repealing Obamacare.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday said the GOP would try acting on its outline for repealing Obamacare next week despite seemingly lacking the votes for passage.
Republican Sens. Susan Collins (ME), Shelly Moore Capito (WV) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) on Tuesday each voiced opposition to moving forward on an Obamacare repeal bill.
The repeal legislation was previously passed in the Senate in 2015 but vetoed by then-President Barack Obama.
McConnell can only afford two Republican defections on any Obamacare legislation, assuming all Democrats reject it and Vice President Mike Pence then breaks a tie.
Republicans have struggled to unite around an Obamacare repeal strategy, with conservatives and moderates disagreeing on the details of such a move.