Trump calls for Senate reform as Obamacare changes halted

The president has called for the voting rules in the Senate to change after his administration’s plans to replace Obamacare were seen as unlikely to pass.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, is one of the key laws passed when Barack Obama was president. The Act, which aimed to make healthcare more accessible in the USA, has been divisive, with Donald Trump promising to change it during his election campaign.

The BBC has reported that Senate Republicans' plans for replacing Obamacare have been beaten, with the site saying that two key Republicans are in opposition to the new bill. This would ensure that Trump’s plans to replace Obamacare would not pass the Senate.

Following this, the president said on Twitter that he hoped Obamacare would fail, meaning the parties could work on a “great healthcare plan”.

He also called for changes in the way the Senate operates, tweeting that:

The Republicans currently hold 52 seats in the Senate while the Democrats have 46. There are also two independents, one of whom is Bernie Sanders who lost out on the Democratic primary contest for presidential nominee last year.

Combine this latest obstacle with the recent allegations about links between his son and Russia, according to CNN, as well as his catastrophic approval ratings, this defeat is another blow to Trump’s already battered presidency.