US President Donald Trump has recently attempted to strong-arm Republicans into repealing Obamacare. However, it was not effective as the Senator shrugged off his advances.
CNN’s report said that Trump’s attempts to pressure Senator Dean Heller of Nevada failed. “Any senator who votes against starting debate is really telling America that you’re fine with Obamacare,” said Trump to the senators last Wednesday. Trump then gestured to the Nevada senator and jabs his current position. “Look, he wants to remain a senator, doesn’t he? … I think the people of your state, which I know very well, I think they’re going to appreciate what you hopefully will do.”
Senator Heller shrugged this off as the President was just being himself as usual. Currently, Heller has lost a poll, 39 percent to 49 percent, against an unknown political rival. Additionally, the Democrats have recruited Nevada Representative Jacky Rosen to compete against him in 2018.
Repealing the Obamacare bill isn’t that simple as many people are expecting more laws and provisions for more affordable health care for the elderly and people with low-income. Aside from health care, some senators need to pass a bill too.
CNN’s Errol Louis comments that Trump is forgetting a crucial part of politics. Trump’s efforts to repeal Obamacare is unlikely to happen as the masses don’t know any replacements for it. “All politics is local,” said Louis as Senators will most likely aim to support something that can help their state than just simply aligning to Trump’s plans.
Currently, Trump and the Republicans is also pushing his own bill, the American Health Care Act. Trump plans to get rid of the Affordable Health Care act as seen on the post on his official Twitter. For now, we’ve yet to see how the Senate will agree on making the healthcare acts soon.