Trump Acknowledges Repeal Bill Wouldn’t Be Great For His Supporters

During an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Wednesday, President Donald Trump signaled that the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare is not in its final form, admitting that the current legislation does not favor the voters who elected Trump.

Carlson told Trump that one analysis by Bloomberg News showed that tax cuts in the House bill unveiled last week would benefit people in counties that voted for Hillary Clinton, not those in counties that voted for Trump.

“I know that, I know,” Trump replied. “It’s very preliminary.”

“This isn’t consistent with the message of the last election,” Carlson told Trump.

“No, a lot of things aren’t consistent,” Trump replied.

He then indicated that the bill would be amended.

“But these are going to be negotiated. We’ve got to go to the Senate. We’re going to see what happens in the Senate,” he said. “Now right now, we have five or six senators that look like maybe they’re not going to — I’m talking about Republicans, because we’re not going to get one Democrat to vote for it.”

Trump spent a lot of the discussion on the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act blaming Democrats for refusing to vote for any legislation to rollback President Obama’s health care law.

“If I had the greatest bill in the history of the world, they would not vote for us because they hate the Republicans, probably hate me, but they hate the Republicans so badly that they can’t see straight,” he told Carlson, adding that if Democrats were willing to vote for a bill, Republicans may have offered different legislation.

But Trump pledged to “take care of” Americans with the final bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“We will take care of our people or I’m not signing it,” he said.

Watch the full interview via Fox News:

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