Trump tweets he’s still optimistic on health overhaul


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s still optimistic for health care legislation, even after Senate Republicans conceded defeat on a last-ditch effort to repeal “Obamacare.”

On Twitter, Trump cited “very positive signs” from GOP Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and “two others.” He added: “we have the HCare Vote, but not for Friday!”

Murkowski did not endorse this week’s bill, complaining it was rushed.

Trump also said a “yes vote” was “in hospital.” It was not immediately clear who he was referring to.

Republican leaders didn’t have the votes to advance a bill under rules that required just 50 votes, plus a tie-breaker from the vice president. Those rules expire Sept. 30. Legislation after that would require 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.

Trump also tweeted: “get rid of the Filibuster Rule!”


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