Pence Insists He’s Still ‘Very Confident’ Congress Will Repeal Obamacare

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence waves during a lecture for Japan-U.S. business leaders at a hotel in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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Despite the lack of legislative action on the matter, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said he remains “very confident” that congressional Republicans will come together to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“While it was clear that a little more than a month ago that Congress wasn’t quite ready to do it, we’ve never relented in our commitment to keep that promise,” Pence told CNN’s Dana Bash.

Pence said he is “very encouraged” by discussions taking place within his caucus.

“I’m very confident that in the days ahead we’re going to see the Congress come together and we’re going to take that important first step to repeal and replace Obamacare,” he said.

“So getting the votes is imminent?” Bash asked.

“I think — we’ll see,” Pence replied.

Congressional Republicans at home for a two-week recess are facing tough questions from constituents about their failure to bring a viable bill to the House floor, let alone corral enough votes to pass it.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters last week that Republicans were getting “closer and closer every day” to finding a consensus on the legislation.

For the most part, however, members of President Donald Trump’s administration have gone silent on the bill’s failure and any prospects — however unlikely — for its resurrection.

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