Obamacare: Donald Trump threatens to sabotage healthcare for millions of Americans
Seething Donald Trump threw a massive strop about his failed plan to scrap Obamacare, and threatened to deliberately destabilise the healthcare system for millions of Americans.
President Trump, who is under criminal investigation for obstruction of justice, suffered a humiliating defeat on Friday, after Democrats and Republican rebels scuppered his plan to axe Obamacare.
And while his tweets in the hours following the crunch vote lacked Trump’s usual vigour, he returned to the social network last night with renewed fury.
He has previously threatened to “let Obamacare implode” if he can’t scrap it in Congress – and it looks like he plans to give it a helping hand.
He tweeted: “After seven years of “talking” Repeal & Replace, the people of our great country are still being forced to live with imploding ObamaCare!
“If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!”
In his flurry of tweets, the President of the United States appears to be threatening to deliberately destabilise the system that provides affordable health insurance to more than 10 million Americans.
Under the Affordable Care Act, the Government subsidises insurance companies who offer reduced costs for low and middle income people.
Scrapping those subsidies would likely cause insurance companies to pull out of the Obamacare marketplace altogether, sending premiums for the companies who remain skyrocketing.
He also appeared to threaten Members of Congress themselves with removing their subsidised health insurance unless he gets his way.
President Trump also called for reform of Senate rules to make it easier to ram his agenda through the legislature without proper scrutiny.
Laws are passed by the Senate on a simple majority of 51-49, but 60 senators must agree to close the debate before the vote can happen.