President Trump on Monday joked about firing Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price if Obamacare does not get repealed and replaced.
“By the way, you’re going to get the votes?” he asked Price Monday during the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, WV. “He better get them. He better get them.”
“Otherwise I’ll say, ‘Tom, you’re fired,’” Trump added, referencing his catch phrase from his time hosting NBC’s “The Apprentice,” a reality television series. “I’ll get somebody.”
Trump then waved off the remarks before walking over to Price and grabbing the former GOP House lawmaker from Georgia’s shoulder.
“You better get Sen. Capito to vote for it,” he said, referencing Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). “You’ve got to get the other senators to vote for it.”
“It’s time. You know, after seven years of saying repeal and replace Obamacare, we have a chance to now do it. They better do it. Hopefully they’ll do it.”
Some Twitter users on Monday criticized Trump and Price over their handling of healthcare reform.
When the POTUS threatens to fire Tom Price at a Boy Scout Jamboree.— Laurie Crosswell 🌞 (@lauriecrosswell) July 24, 2017
No, this isn't Arrested Development.
It's Donald Trump. We're fucked.
Trump threatens to fire HHR Secretary Tom Price during his Boy Scout jamboree speech....... he is setting such a great example!😀😂— Trump Raider (@57_aharrison) July 24, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday urged other senators to vote on allowing debate on repealing and replacing Obamacare.
“The first vote we will take soon is on whether or not to have the debate,” he said on the Senate floor.
“I know many of us have waited literally years for this moment to finally arrive and at long last it has,” McConnell added. “I would urge every colleague to join me.”
GOP leadership is expected to try proceeding to legislation previously passed in the House for repealing and replacing Obamacare Tuesday.
Republicans have a slim 52-seat majority in the Senate, meaning Republican leaders need to get at least 50 senators to vote to take up the House bill.
McConnell did not state Tuesday whether he wants to try repealing Obamacare and then implementing a delayed replacement, or performing both moves together.
Conservative and moderate Republicans have struggled to unite around a healthcare reform strategy despite GOP majorities in both the House and Senate.