Trump says GOP will have the votes for health care, but 'not for Friday'

By White House FOXBusiness

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with members of the House Ways and Means committee in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

President Donald Trump said Wednesday Republicans will have the necessary amount of votes to pass health care reform, though it won’t be this week.

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“We will have the votes for Healthcare but not for the reconciliation deadline of Friday, after which we need 60. Get rid of Filibuster Rule!” Trump said in a tweet Wednesday morning.

Trump said he was optimistic that other lawmakers would support the legislation, though he did not specify who he was talking about.

“With one Yes vote in hospital & very positive signs from Alaska and two others (McCain is out), we have the HCare Vote, but not for Friday!” the president said in a tweet Wednesday.

The president’s claims come just one day after Senate Republicans confessed that their bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare would not have the enough votes to pass.

"We haven't given up on changing the American health care system. We are not going to be able to do that this week," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters after a lunch with fellow Republican lawmakers on Tuesday. "But it still lies ahead of us, and we haven't given up on that."

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On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a partial score of the Graham-Cassidy bill, saying it would save billions over a 10-year period, but leave many uninsured.

“Over the 2017-2026 period, CBO and JCT [Joint Committee on Taxation] estimate, the legislation would reduce the on-budget deficit by at least $133 billion and result in millions fewer people with comprehensive health insurance that covers high-cost medical events,” the non-partisan agency said.

Making matters more difficult for GOP lawmakers looking to push the bill through, in order to repeal former President Obama’s signature health care law, was the opposition they faced from those within their own party. Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Susan Collins of Maine all said they would vote “no” on the Graham-Cassidy bill, with Collins’ decision ultimately ending all hope to pass the legislation. Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, both were not on board with the bill either.

“Right now they don't have my vote, and I don't think they have [Sen.] Mike Lee's [R-Utah] either,” Cruz said Sunday at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin. “Now, I want to be a ‘yes,’ I want to get there because ObamaCare is a disaster.”

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