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After GOP health bill dies due to lack of GOP support, Trump boasts that getting 48 GOP votes was 'pretty impressive'

Senate Republicans' health-care bill died Monday after it failed to get enough GOP support, but President Trump on Tuesday hailed the final tally as "a pretty impressive vote by any standard." "We are 52 people, we had four nos. Now, we might've had another one somewhere in there, but essentially the vote would've been pretty close to, if you look at it, to 48-4," Trump said.

He said it was "pretty tough" to have 48 votes and then "need more." In addition to the four Republicans who came out against the bill, 46 Democrats and two Independents also opposed the GOP plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Trump also announced Tuesday that he is not going to take responsibility for the ObamaCare "disaster." "We'll just let ObamaCare fail. We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it," Trump said.

The New York Times' Binyamin Appelbaum noted that the health-care system that Trump plans to let "fail" accounts for 17 percent of the nation's economy.