President Donald Trump is calling the nation’s health care law “death” as he urges Republican senators to “do the right thing” on an overhaul effort.
In a televised address, Trump seeks to push his party on the eve of a key vote.
Flanked by families that he dubbed “victims” of President Barack Obama’s health care law, Trump called the law a “nightmare.” He asked if GOP senators would “side with Obamacare’s architects or with its forgotten victims.”
Leaders have said the Senate will vote Tuesday on legislation shredding much of the law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn’t yet announced exactly what version of the measure lawmakers would consider.
Trump stressed that Republicans have run for years on a promise to repeal and replace the law. He said they must “fulfill that solemn promise.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has struggled to get the votes needed from GOP lawmakers to pass the bill, particularly in the face of solid opposition from the Democrats.
Facing criticism from the president, the Senate postponed its summer break as it works to break through the stalemate.
The White House remains adamant that a path to passing the bill remains, but concedes that the longer the process drag on, the harder it will be to move the bill forward.
PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.