United States President Donald Trump has faced stiff opposition to the GOP healthcare bill from – despite Republicans having a majority in both Houses of Congress.
On Friday House Republican leaders retracted legislation that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (dubbed ‘Obamacare’) from consideration on the House floor.
Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan had failed to gather the necessary number of votes from lawmakers in their own party to pass the legislation.
Though it was an abysmal defeat for the president which would result in the US population living with Obamacare “for the foreseeable future”, Trump remained stoic.
Speaking to the New York Times he said:
Obamacare unfortunately will explode...It’s going to have a very bad year.
Donald Trump, true to form, was quick to deny that he said Obamacare would be easy to replace.
I never said ‘repeal and replace Obamacare [within 64 days].
We beg to differ.
The president previously said repealing and replacing the "disaster known as Obamacare" would be "so easy" and could be done "immediately".
In fact, the US president has spoken about how quickly he could repeal Obamacare, on several occasions.
Here's a list:
16 June 2015, Donald Trump’s presidential announcement speech via Time:
So, just to sum up, I would do various things very quickly.
I would repeal and replace the big lie, Obamacare.
9 February 2016:
22 February 2016 at a campaign rally:
Obamacare is going to be repealed and replaced…You’re going to end up with great health care for a fraction of the price and that’s gonna take place immediately after we go in.
Okay? Immediately. Fast. Quick.
25 October 2016, Florida rally:
27 October 2016, SeaGate Convention Center in downtown Toledo via Detroit News:
Real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing Obamacare.
What a mess.
1 November 2016 at an address on the Affordable Healthcare act in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania via Politico:
When we win on Nov. 8 and elect a Republican Congress, we will be able to immediately repeal and replace Obamacare. We have to do it.
7 November 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan via Roll Call:
Real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare
1 December 2016:
We’re going to begin immediately to repeal Obamacare and reconciliation is the only way to do it.
And I believe we will have 51 Republican senators or 52 to vote for that
10 January 2017, during a New York Times interview:
‘We have to get to business…Obamacare has been a catastrophic event.’
Mr. Trump appeared to be unclear both about the timing of already scheduled votes in Congress and about the difficulty of his demand — a repeal vote ‘probably some time next week’ and a replacement ‘very quickly or simultaneously, very shortly thereafter.’
11 January, during a New York conference via Politico:
It will be repeal and replace. It will be essentially simultaneously.
It will be various segments, you understand, but will most likely be on the same day or the same week, but probably the same day.
Could be the same hour.