Trump to Senators: work until health care bill is 'on my desk'

WASHINGTON (AP)  President Donald Trump says senators shouldn't leave town for August recess unless they act on legislation to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law.

Trump also says any Republican senator who opposes starting debate on the legislation is saying they are "fine with Obamacare."

Trump is commenting at the top of a White House lunch with the Senate GOP caucus one day after Republicans derailed a vote on a repeal-and-replace bill.

Trump and Republicans maintain that the current system is failing and must be replaced. But divisions among Republicans have complicated the task.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had delayed the start of the Senate's August recess by two weeks to give lawmakers time to find consensus on the issue.

President Donald Trump says a bill to overhaul the Obama health care law will "get even better" during a White House lunch with Republican senators.

Trump is hosting Republican senators Wednesday after a bill to repeal President Barack Obama's law collapsed in the Senate this week. Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that GOP senators "MUST keep their promise to America!"

The GOP has promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act for seven years.

Trump says "Republicans never discuss how good their healthcare bill is, & it will get even better at lunchtime. The Dems scream death as OCare dies!

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that the Senate would vote early next week on trying to move ahead on a straight-up repeal vote.
 

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