President Donald Trump again announced his support Tuesday for House Republicans’ proposed Obamacare replacement package, saying that he was “proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives and encouraged by members of both parties.”
“I think really that we’re going to have something that’s going to be much more understood and much more popular than people can even imagine,” Trump continued, during a meeting with the House deputy whip team, the Republican congressional team charged with tallying votes on the proposal.
“It follows the guidelines I laid out in my congressional address: a plan that will lower costs, expand choices, increase competition, and ensure health care access for all Americans.”
“This will be a plan where you can choose your doctor, this will be a plan where you can choose your plan. And you know what the plan is, this is the plan,” he added. “And we’re going to have a tremendous, I think we’re going to have a tremendous success. It’s a complicated process, but actually it’s very simple: It’s called good health care.”
Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted his support for “our wonderful new Healthcare Bill.” But during a press briefing Tuesday afternoon, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, the White House’s point person for the replacement process, called the proposal “a work in progress.”
Some conservative groups, meanwhile, have called the plan “Obamacare-lite,” among other things. The House Freedom Caucus, alongside Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), came out against the initial proposal Tuesday afternoon.
Watch Trump’s comments below via NBC’s Bradd Jaffy:
Trump promises lower costs and: “This will be a plan where you can choose your doctor; this will be a plan where you can choose your plan.” pic.twitter.com/u7wuUGrvYi
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 7, 2017