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Trump: Obamacare repeal bill 'will be great, if we get it done'

The Senate Republican bill to repeal Obamacare “will be great, if we get it done,” President Donald Trump told GOP lawmakers shortly after party leaders delayed a vote on the legislation Tuesday.

“This will be great, if we get it done,” Trump told senators gathered in the White House for a meeting about the stalled health care effort. “And if we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like, and that’s OK and I understand that very well.”

“But I think we have a chance to do something very, very important for the public, very, very important for the people of our country that we love,” he added, before asking reporters to leave the meeting.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had intended to bring the proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, to the Senate floor as early as Tuesday for a procedural vote. But several conservative and moderate Republicans came out in opposition to the bill on Monday and Tuesday, and enough said they opposed the key procedural vote to start debate on the measure to stop the overall momentum.

Republican leaders now say they intend to return to health care following the Senate’s July 4 recess.

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