Donald Trump pledged Tuesday morning that the nation will eventually have a working substitute for the teetering Obamacare system, hours after a prohibitive number of Republican senators withdrew from a plan to replace it.
'We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans,' the president tweeted. 'Most Republicans were loyal, terrific & worked really hard. We will return!'
Trump has said during both his campaign and his presidency that the national medical insurance scheme left in place by the Obama-era Affordable Care Act will eventually topple on its own as costs spiral and insurers pull out of marketplaces.
On Tuesday he returned to that line, suggesting that the most workable approach will be either to repeal the law or allow the status quo to crumble – with either result forcing Congress to work on something new.
'As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!' Trump tweeted.
Trump said in March, as House Republicans regrouped following their own failed first attempt at an Obamacare-scrapping law, that 'I've been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode. It is exploding right now.'
The president argued that an Obamacare-sized vacuum in health care policy would force Democrats to the table – but also would carry a human cost as Americans scrambled to establish coverage in the meantime.
'Perhaps the best thing that could happen is exactly what happened today,' Trump said then, 'because we'll end up with a truly great health care bill in the future after this mess known as Obamacare explodes.'
On Tuesday morning Trump suggested in a second pair of tweets that the Senate has become wracked with inertia because most legislation requires a 60-vote supermajority to move forward.
'With only a very small majority, the Republicans in the House & Senate need more victories next year since Dems totally obstruct, no votes!' he wrote.
'The Senate must go to a 51 vote majority instead of current 60 votes. Even parts of full Repeal need 60. 8 Dems control Senate. Crazy!'
Health care legislation has already been proceeding under an obscure process called 'reconciliation' – which allows a simple 51-vote majority to pass legislation that impacts government spending or taxes.