After the Republicans failed to pass their controversial health bill, President Trump first blamed the Democrats for his defeat and then made claims that he never promised to repeal and replace Obamacare within 64 days.
He is lying, once again. Trump has repeatedly pointed to repeal and replace Obamacare for several years pre- and post-election and also pledged to take down the law “immediately” while addressing most of his rallies.
In a 2015 interview, the billionaire baron said, “Obamacare's going to be repealed and replaced. Obamacare is a disaster if you look at what's going on with premiums where they're up 40, 50, 55 percent.”
In a rally in Florida in October 2016,Trump said, “Together we’re going to deliver real change that once again puts Americans first. That begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare. My first day in office, I am going to ask Congress to put a bill on my desk getting rid of this disastrous law and replacing it with reforms that expand choice, freedom, affordability.”
“It’s going to be so easy,” he added.
A month later in November, while addressing a rally in Pennsylvania, he repeated his stance, “When we win on Nov. 8 and elect a Republican Congress, we will be able to immediately repeal and replace Obamacare.”
After becoming POTUS, the commander-in-chief addressed Congress in February 2017 asking for the same, claiming yet again that Obamacare was a disaster.
The Tweeter-in-chief even promised to repeal and replace Obamacare in some his recent tweets:
I am going to repeal and replace ObamaCare! Read more about my positions on healthcare reform here: https://t.co/WwIVhIud06— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2016
ObamaCare is imploding. It is a disaster and 2017 will be the worst year yet, by far! Republicans will come together and save the day.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2017
But soon after President Trump witnessed his first major defeat, he changed his stance. Facing a revolt among conservatives and moderates in their own party, Republican leaders pulled Obamacare repeal legislation from a House vote on March 24.
Following this failure, Trump lied conveniently from his Oval Office desk while speaking to the reporters, “I never said repeal and replace Obamacare, you've all heard my speeches. I never said, repeal it and replace it within 64 days.”