"Let Obamacare fail, it will be a lot easier," Trump said yesterday. "And I think we're probably in that position where 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. We'll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us."
A few things to note:
It's not failing. It's not smooth sailing, either, but it's not failing. There are parts of the country in which no insurance plans are available. That is, obviously, bad news for the ACA, and for consumers. But those isolated problems are not dragging down the whole system. On balance, it's working.
Trump could make it fail. His administration could stop paying insurers' cost-sharing subsidies, stop enforcing the individual mandates, stop promoting enrollment, etc. It could cause a lot of new problems. And, sure, Trump could try to blame all those problems on "Obamacare."
But there's a good chance Republicans will own it. In Kaiser's April tracking poll, 75% of respondents said Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the law work, and 61% said they'd blame Trump and congressional Republicans for future ACA problems. That figure dropped in Kaiser's June poll, in which voters said they'd blame Republicans and Democrats about equally, but insurance companies even more.