President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged lawmakers to stop paying for the ObamaCare law’s costly fixes, saying that he wants to be “president and we need to pay our bills” and “get on with it.”
Speaking to reporters after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the White House, Trump said he wants Congress to pay its bills for the healthcare law and to replace the entire thing “with something better.”
He said that the Congressional Budget Office has predicted that the ObamaCare replacement will cost $2.4 trillion and that “we are going to have to pay that.
I don’t want to do it, but I want to get on with the job.””
I want a plan that’s going to cover everybody.
And the only thing we’re going to pay is the cost of the whole thing,” he added.”
And I want it to be paid for.
And we’re not going to do that with $2 trillion.”
He added that the ACA has been a disaster for the American people and that the Democrats “didn’t care about the people, they just cared about making money.
They made millions and millions of dollars.
They’re going after people.”
The Hill’s Jeff Stein reports:”I’m asking for your support,” Trump said to McConnell.
“We need to make this happen.”
The president said he had “every intention” of going to Congress and working with Congress to “get it done, to make sure that we get a plan.
And I’m not going anywhere.
I’m going to be doing it.
We’re going forward.
We will have to get through this, but we have a plan, and we will do it.””
We’re going,” he continued.
“But we’re also going to get rid of ObamaCare.
We are going.
We can’t have ObamaCare.
And that’s what I am saying.
I want a better plan.”
Trump, in his first public comments on the bill, said he was “very encouraged” by the bill’s prospects and said that Republicans have “a great chance” to pass it.
But he said he wanted to “put the American public first.”
“So if we’re talking about health care, and if we have healthcare, I want us to be able to get healthcare for everybody,” he said.
“I know that’s the position of most Democrats, that the bill is going to destroy the health care system.
But we’re putting it first, because we have to save the American economy.
So we have no choice.”
The Senate passed the bill on Friday with 51 votes to 49.
The bill has a 50-50 Republican majority.