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Trump: Senate ‘let the American people down’ by not defunding Planned Parenthood, axing Obamacare

Claire Chretien and Fr. Mark Hodges

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump rebuked the three Republicans and 48 Democrats who "let the American people down" by ruining what was likely the U.S. Senate's last chance at defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing Obamacare this year.

Early Friday morning, Rep. John McCain, R-AZ, cast the deciding "no" vote on a bill repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood. He joined Rep. Susan Collins, R-ME, and Rep. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, in siding with the Democrats.

McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, flew back to Washington to vote to allow debate on a repeal of President Obama's signature legislation. Along with Murkowski and Collins, he then voted against defunding Planned Parenthood and axing Obamacare on July 26.

The night before that vote, Trump told a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, "Any senator who votes against repeal and replace tells America that they are fine with the Obamacare nightmare, and I predict they’ll have a lot of problems." 

His comments were met with thunderous applause from over 15,000 attendees.

After the first crushing blow to Republican attempts to undo Obamacare on July 26, Trump publicly called out Murkowski in a tweet.

Apparently Trump's tweet – and criticism from the chairman of the Alaska Republican party – didn't change Murkowski's mind. 

"When the vote is whether or not to keep moving forward on a repeal, you just must vote yes," Alaska Republican chairman Tuckerman Babcock said after Murkowski's first betrayal. "That’s the commitment and the promise that was made, and that’s what the American people have every right to expect from Republicans."

Abortion giant Planned Parenthood was ecstatic over the failed vote. 

"The Trumpcare nightmare may finally be over," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards wrote in a victorious email to supporters this morning. She gloated that "the Senate's last ditch effort to repeal health care" and defund her abortion business failed.

"Unless Congress makes some unprecedented, truly extreme moves in the next few days, Trumpcare is dead," she wrote. "The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land...I'll spend today reflecting and celebrating." 

Pro-life advocates called the failed vote a "blow" to making America pro-life. 

"There is no other way to put it: This is a painfully disappointing blow to our efforts to enact pro-life health care reform that defunds Planned Parenthood," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of Susan B. Anthony List, in an email to supporters.

Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, called the failed vote a "slap in the face."

"Last night's vote is a slap in the face to the millions of pro-lifers who worked hard to elect a pro-life majority in the U.S. Senate," she said.

"The Pro-Life Generation will continue our fight to end tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood and will continue to support redirecting the money to Federally Qualified Health Centers, with or without the Republican Party's support. Every citizen deserves better than Obamacare and Planned Parenthood," she added. 

The House will go home for August recess on Saturday. The Senate will be in session for two more weeks.

The American Conservative Union sent out an email blasting the "sellouts [who] sided with liberals in the Senate to force this failed healthcare system on all Americans."

SBA List called the Republican failure a "set-back in the middle of a succession of tremendous gains."

"Moving forward, on the political front, we must recruit and elect courageous Senators in 2018 who are fully committed to our priorities and will keep their word," Dannenfelser said.

"While we currently have a Republican majority in the Senate, we need a bigger, bolder, more courageous pro-life majority," she added.

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