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‘Let Obamacare explode’: Trump calls out ‘losers’ from Oval office over failed bill … and he names names

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President Donald Trump addressed the nation briefly Friday after Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the Republican health care bill from a scheduled floor vote, stressing that “we were very close, and it was a very, very tight margin.”

“We had no Democrat support.  We had no votes from the Democrats,” the president said. “They weren’t going to give us a single vote, so it’s a very difficult thing to do.”

I’ve been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode,” he added, saying many states are already having big problems. “It is exploding right now.”

Trump said he “would be totally up to it” if the Democratic Party want to work with his administration to help produce “a real healthcare bill,” but was very clear on who takes the fall when Obamacare collapses.

“I think the losers are [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi and [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer, because now they own Obamacare, the president said. “They own it — 100 percent own it.”

And while the inability to pass the GOP plan will be touted as a failure by Trump’s critics, who pounced on a comment he made about never saying he would repeal and replace Obamacare within 64 days — for those keeping score at home, he actually said he would do it on “day one” — the experience was a learning experience for his young administration.

“We learned a lot about loyalty.  We learned a lot about the vote-getting process,” Trump said. “We learned a lot about some very arcane rules in, obviously, both the Senate and in the House.  So it’s been — certainly for me, 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 healthcare plan.”

The president thanked Speaker Ryan, who he said, “worked very, very hard.” He was alos asked by a reporter if he felt betrayed by the Freedom Caucus, the group of conservative Republicans who did not support the bill.

“No, I’m not betrayed. They’re friends of mine,” Trump said. “I’m disappointed because we could have had it.”

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