President Trump on Friday declared that “Obamacare is dead,” and that he is “100 percent” committed to the Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
During an Oval Office meeting with conservative legislators, Trump said, “I want people to know, Obamacare is dead. It’s a dead healthcare plan.”
“Only because everyone knows it’s on its last, dying feet, the fake news is trying to say good things about it … the fake media. There is no good news about Obamacare. Obamacare is dead.”
Reports released this week by the administration revealed that 12.2 million people enrolled in Obamacare plans for 2017, a slight drop from the 12.7 million people who enrolled in 2016.
Trump asserted that he successfully convinced 13 members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) who visited the White House Friday to support the bill after agreeing to make some changes to the existing language.
Representatives from the RSC did not immediately respond to a request to comment on whether its members planned to back the bill or if lawmakers in the meeting had decided to support it.
“I want to let the world know: I am 100 percent in favor,” Trump said.
When referring to the lawmakers in the room with him, Trump said, “These folks were ‘no’s,’ mostly noes, yesterday, and now every single one is a ‘yes.'”
Trump noted that the White House agreed to implement “certain changes” to the bill to gain legislators’ support, but did not elaborate.
The president, Paul Ryan, and House Republicans are working to guide the American Health Care Act through the chamber despite pushback from moderate Republicans and the more conservative members of the party.
Moderate Republicans cite concerns about its cuts to Medicaid, while more conservative GOP members do not believe the legislation is thorough enough.
Earlier this week, the White House said that they and House leadership are developing a manager’s amendment, which would add changes to the legislation before the floor vote in the House.
Watch the president make comments about the bill below:
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