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Trump Tries for Optimism After Health Care Defeat

President says 'don't worry ... great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE' still coming

President Donald Trump offered his reassurance to the American people the day after the American Health Care Act crumbled in the House Friday: “Do not worry!”

As White House press secretary Sean Spicer noted, the president “left everything on the field” in his efforts to strike a deal among House GOP members and push the AHCA to a successful vote this week. For those discouraged about the outcome and for those who are suffering under the weight of Obamacare, Trump offered a dose of optimism and reaffirmed his campaign promise of delivering health care reform and working with Congress to do so.

“ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!”

“ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!” Trump tweeted Saturday.

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The president’s tweet followed the hopeful tone of his remarks delivered Friday after House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) pulled the AHCA from consideration.

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“We all learned a lot. We learned a lot about loyalty. We learned a lot about the vote-getting process. We learned a lot about some very arcane rules in, obviously, both the Senate and in the House,” Trump said in the Oval Office Friday. “It’s been a very interesting experience. But in the end, I think it’s going to be an experience that leads to an even better health care plan.”

Although Trump and Ryan have signaled the GOP’s intention to move on to tax reform as the next item on its legislative agenda, the oft-repeated campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare will hang over their agenda.

President Donald Trump shifted some of the blame onto obstructionist Democrats.

“We were very close, it was a very tight margin. We had no Democrat support, no votes from the Democrats,” Trump had said Friday. “I think the losers are [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi and [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare.”

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a long-shot aspirant for president in 2020, retorted in a tweet late Friday evening the blame for Obamacare’s collapse would fall on Trump, despite the fact the massive changes to the health care system were muscled through by a Democratic House, Senate, and president.

“Mr. President, no party ‘owns’ the health care system. But your party controls all of government so its success or failure is up to you,” Murphy tweeted.

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As Trump and the congressional Republicans learn from their mistakes and continue to explore alternative options for repealing and replacing Obamacare while moving on to other important legislative actions, the president continues to express his optimism that health care can — and will — be reformed before “too long.”

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“But I want to have a great health care bill and plan — and we will. It will happen. And it won’t be in the very distant future,” Trump added Friday. “I really believe there will be some Democrat support, and that will happen, and it will be an even better bill. I think this was a very good bill. I think it will be even better the next time around. I don’t think that’s going to be in too long a period of time.”

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