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Trump Calls For "Immediate" Repeal Of Obamacare If Senate Deal Fails

Instead of lashing out at various media personalities on Twitter this morning, President Trump has instead pivoted to Healthcare Law, and in an early morning tweet has endorsed a strategy for replacing Obamacare may resonate with conservatives like Kentucky’s Rand Paul: Repeal now, replace laterTrump tweeted: "If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!"

If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

The tweet is notable because it is the polar opposite of what Trump told Paul Ryan shortly after he won the election and shortly before Congress went into session, as Axios reminds us. And, more confusing, part of the reason why the House GOP leadership didn't run with a clean repeal vote, as they'd done many times under President Obama, was because Trump had made it clear to Ryan he wouldn't sign the bill.

Furthermore, Axios adds that Trump is "frustrated, like every other Republican involved in the jammed-up health care negotiations. HHS Secretary Tom Price met with senior officials at the White House yesterday, and a source familiar with the meeting said the mood was far more negative than the day before" which means that moderate Republican senators "aren't buying what Mitch McConnell is offering them. At least not yet."

So with a deal seemingly out of the question, Trump is preparing for a Plan B, even if it is with a 6 month delay and 180-degree the opposite of what he pitched at the start of the year.

As for the Senate, after originally planning to go ahead with a planned “do or die” vote, McConnell said Wednesday he would delay the vote until after the July 4 recess, as the GOP still lacks the votes.

The question now is how will moderates like Maine’s Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski react to Trump’s plan? Both have raised questions about the revised bill’s cuts to medicare spending in their states, something that would negatively impact chronically ill elderly constituents who tend to vote in larger numbers than younger cohorts of the population.