President Donald Trump ripped Democrats for opposing Republican efforts in Congress to repeal and replace much of Obamacare, accusing the party of wrecking health care in the United States.
"The Democrats are destroying health care in this country," Trump said in Cincinnati, Ohio, a day after the state's largest Obamacare insurer said it would exit that market next year.
"We're having no help: it's only obstruction from the Democrats."
"We have no help, we will get no votes. If we gave you the greatest plan in the history of the world, we would have no Democratic vote," Trump said.
"It's all going to be Republicans or bust."
Trump's remarks came as GOP leaders in the Senate moved toward potentially introducing health-care legislation that could significantly undo a number of Obamacare provisions.
Democrats in the House voted uniformly against the GOP's health-care bill last month, which passed the House by just a single "yes" vote. All Democrats in the Senate are expected to oppose that bill or a similar one that would greatly change the nation's health-care law.
"The Republicans are working very, very hard on getting a great health-care plan," Trump said. "I can tell you the Democrats are really in our way."
The president spoke in front of the Air Force One jet after landing in Cincinnati, where he met with two people he described as "victims of the Obamacare catastrophe created by congressional Democrats."
"They've had their lives completely upended by the disaster known as Obamacare," Trump said.
"Across America, premiums are skyrocketing, insurers are fleeing, and the American people are paying much more for much worse coverage," Trump said. "The coverage is horrendous."
"Ever since the law's provisions took effect, premiums have exploded by an average of 86 percent in Ohio, and 75 percent in Kentucky," Trump said, referring to the state just next door to Cincinnati.
"Obamacare is in a death spiral, and the problems will only get worse if Congress fails to act," the president said. "Obamacare is dead. I've been saying it for a long time."
Trump mentioned Tuesday's news that big insurer Anthem would effectively exit Ohio's Obamacare market next year. Anthem had cited continued "volatility" in the individual health plan market.