President Donald Trump blamed the Democrats on March 25 after the Republican-controlled House could not muster enough GOP votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, with the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare (video below).
The Republicans did not need a single Democratic vote to pass Trumpcare in the House, but Trump blamed the Democrats from the Oval Office, reports The Hill:
We were very close, it was a very tight margin. We had no Democrat support, we had no votes from the Democrats. They weren't going to give us a single vote so it's a very difficult thing to do ... What would be really good, with no Democrat support, if the Democrats, when it explodes, which it will soon, if they got together with us and got a real health care bill, I would be totally open to it and I think that's going to happen.
Trump added that he never promised to "repeal and replace Obamacare" within 64 days, which is how long he has been in office.
Right Wing Watch notes that Trump promised during a Las Vegas speech in February 2016 to "repeal and replace" Obamacare "immediately" after becoming president:
Obamacare is going to be repealed and replaced. We’re going to have a strong country again and Obamacare has to go. We can’t afford it, it’s no good. You’re going to end up with great health care for a fraction of the price and that’s gonna take place immediately after we go in. OK? Immediately. Fast. Quick.
In February 2016, Trump tweeted: "We will immediately repeal and replace ObamaCare - and nobody can do that like me. We will save $'s and have much better healthcare!"
When Trump was campaigning in Orlando, Florida, in October 2016, he said he was going to "immediately" repeal and replace Obamacare, reports Mother Jones:
Together we're going to deliver real change that once again puts Americans first. That begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare ... You're going to have such great health care, at a tiny fraction of the cost -- and it's going to be so easy.
On Nov. 1, 2016, just before the election, Trump made the same "repeal and replace" promise at a rally in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, notes Politico:
When we win on Nov. 8, and elect a Republican Congress, we will be able to immediately repeal and replace Obamacare. We have to do it. I will ask Congress to convene a special session so we can repeal and replace.
And it will be such an honor for me, for you and for everybody in this country because Obamacare has to be replaced. And we will do it, and we will do it very, very quickly. It is a catastrophe.