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Spicer: Fate of Obamacare 'Squarely in the Hands of Democrats'

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By    |   Friday, 24 Mar 2017 08:09 PM

The White House said Friday evening the fate of Obamacare is now in the hands of Democrats after no one in the party vowed to support the GOP's healthcare bill that is on indefinite hold.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer appeared on Fox News' "The First 100 Days" and told host Martha MacCallum President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan did their part to garner support for the American Health Care Act before a vote on it was canceled Friday.

"I think clearly, the message today, the dissent is, Democrats own Obamacare," Spicer said. "We got zero percent from Democrats in this process. Obamacare, the message is still the same: it's a failing system, skyrocketing premiums and deductibles, and fewer choices. It's now squarely in the hands of Democrats."

Spicer added that Trump was "a bit disappointed" in the fate of the healthcare bill, which was designed to replace the 2010 Obamacare law. Several Republicans, most notably those in the Freedom Caucus, did not support the legislation.

"He's realistic. He understands it was gonna be tough, that there's a lot of different factions within the party that make up the conference."

Spicer then echoed Trump's earlier comments by saying Republicans, who control the White House and both chambers of Congress, will move on from healthcare for now and focus on tax reform — another one of Trump's campaign promises.

"We all want tax reform. It's something that we haven't seen in this country since 1986," Spicer said.

"The agenda moves on."

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