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President Trump Says Let Health Care Law Fail, He Won't 'Own it'

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President Donald Trump says he is deeply "disappointed" by the collapse of the GOP effort to rewrite former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Trump told reporters during a lunch with service members Tuesday that Republicans have been talking for years about repealing and replacing "Obamacare," and is disappointed they couldn't deliver.

“I don't think it's dead but I'm certainly disappointed - for seven years I've been hearing repeal and replace from Congress. When we finally get a change to repeal and replace - they don't take advantage of it.”

Trump says it's time to "Let Obamacare fail," and says that "I'm not going to own it."

He says letting the health care law fail will encourage Democrats to come to the table and negotiate.

Trump also says he does not blame Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the decision by two more Republican senators to come out against the legislation, effectively killing the bill.

Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of 11 governors says Senate Republicans should abandon the effort to repeal the Obama health care law and replace it later.

In a statement on Tuesday, the governors, who hold considerable sway with their senators, said the latest approach pushed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would leave millions of Americans without insurance coverage.

The governors said the best step is a bipartisan approach and a fix to the unstable insurance markets.

Among the Republicans on the statement were Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Maryland's Larry Hogan, Massachusetts' Charlie Baker and Ohio's John Kasich. Also signing on was Independent Gov. Bill Walker of Alaska.

Their joint statement reads: 

"Congress should work to make health insurance more affordable by controlling costs and stabilizing the market, and we are pleased to see a growing number of senators stand up for this approach. The Senate should immediately reject efforts to 'repeal' the current system and replace sometime later. This could leave millions of Americans without coverage. The best next step is for both parties to come together and do what we can all agree on: fix our unstable insurance markets. Going forward, it is critically important that governors are brought to the table to provide input, and we stand ready to work with lawmakers in an open, bipartisan way to provide better insurance for all Americans."

McConnell lacked the votes to push ahead on his plan as three Republican senators - Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine - opposed it.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says President Trump's declaration that he and the Republican Party won't take the blame for the health care system's problems is "small and petty."

The New York Democrat made the remarks to The Associated Press after Senate GOP leaders abandoned their effort to rewrite President Barack Obama's health care law. 

Schumer says Trump is in charge, but "To hurt millions of people because he's angry and he didn't get his way is not being a leader."

Schumer says Democrats will work with Republicans to fix problems with the law once the GOP abandons its repeal effort.

U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) released this statement highlighting her opposition to any attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act:
 
“As we’ve learned from dozens of failed attempts to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, repealing the current law poses harmful risks to millions of Americans and the public overwhelmingly rejects any effort to take away their healthcare. Republicans should end their partisan crusade to repeal the ACA and start working with Democrats to find solutions that work for all Americans and to improve the existing law. A vote to repeal the ACA is a vote to take away healthcare coverage from hundreds of thousands of Nevadans and millions of Americans, and we will not stand for anything that will put countless lives at risk. Repealing the ACA would prove disastrous for Nevada and has never been a good idea.” 

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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