Trump assails GOP senator who opposed health care bill – New York News

President Donald Trump accused Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a fellow Republican, of disappointing the country by opposing the GOP effort to demolish the Obama health care law, after initial votes demonstrated the party will be hard pressed to make any sweeping changes in the statute.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump accused Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a fellow Republican, of disappointing the country by opposing the GOP effort to demolish the Obama health care law, after initial votes demonstrated the party will be hard pressed to make any sweeping changes in the statute.

Senators planned to vote Wednesday on a Republican amendment to repeal much of President Barack Obama’s law and give Congress two years to come up with a replacement. But that was expected to be rejected by a combination of solidly opposed Democrats and Republicans unwilling to tear down the law without a replacement in hand.

“Now we have to keep working hard,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday. “We’re determined to do everything we can to succeed. We know our constituents are counting on us.”

In an initial GOP setback, the Senate voted 57-43 Tuesday to block a wide-ranging amendment by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to replace Obama’s statute with a more restrictive. Those voting no included nine Republicans, ranging from conservative Mike Lee of Utah to Alaska moderate Murkowski, in a roll call that raised questions about what if any reshaping of Obama’s law splintered Republicans can muster votes to achieve.

Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to single out…

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