President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening told senators that he will make a deal with lawmakers on health care despite the fact that House Republicans were forced to pull their bill to repeal Obamacare due to a lack of support for the legislation.
“I know that we’re all going to make a deal on health care. That’s such an easy one. So I have no doubt that that’s going to happen very quickly,” Trump said at a reception at the White House for senators and their spouses. “I think it will, actually. I think it’s going to happen. Because we’ve all been promising, Democrat, Republican, we’ve all been promising that to the American people.”
“We are going to be doing a great job. Hopefully it will start being bipartisan,” the President added.
Trump’s comments followed assurances from House Republican leaders on Tuesday that they had not completely given up on their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday afternoon was far less optimistic about Republicans’ ability to repeal Obamcare.
“I think where we are on Obamacare, regretfully at the moment, is where the Democrats wanted us to be, which is the status quo,” he said at a press conference.
“It’s pretty obvious we were not able, in the House, to pass a replacement. Our Democratic friends ought to be pretty happy about that because we have the existing law in place and I think we are just going to have to see how that works out,” he added. “We believe it will not work out well, but we’ll see. They’ll have an opportunity now to have the status quo, regretfully.”
Watch a video of Trump’s remarks via CNN: