-Obamacare has been
an absolute disaster. I have asked John Barrasso —
Senator Bill Cassidy was
a terrific healthcare person — Rick Scott and others to take a
look, form a really great plan. -President Trump says
he wants the GOP to be the party of healthcare,
but congressional Republicans say they have no intention
of heeding his demands for a new
national healthcare law, fearing the potential political
damage it could cause in 2020. Republican lawmakers said
the White House would need to make
the first move by putting forward
its own healthcare proposal. -I was fine with Senator
Alexander and Senator Grassley working on prescription-drug
pricing and other issues that are not a comprehensive
effort to revisit. So I made it clear to him we were not gonna be
doing that in the Senate. -On the campaign trail in 2016,
Donald Trump repeatedly pledged to repeal and replace
the Affordable Care Act. -Somebody said the other day, “What’s the first thing
you’re gonna do?” Well, we’re gonna
work immediately on repealing Obamacare. I’ve been talking about
we’re gonna repeal and replace Obamacare from day one. Now — I’m gonna do it.
We’re gonna do it. We will be able to immediately
repeal and replace Obamacare. Have to do it. One of my first acts
as president will be to repeal
and replace disastrous Obamacare. -Once elected, Trump
told reporters he never said he would repeal
and replace Obamacare during his first days
in office. -And I never said —
I guess I’m here, what, 64 days? — I never said repeal
and replace Obamacare. You’ve all heard my speeches. I never said repeal it
and replace it within 64 days. I have a long time. -Trump has repeatedly promised an imminent Republican
healthcare bill. Republicans have been deadlocked
on an overhaul effort of the Affordable Care Act
since February 2017, when the House introduced
the American Healthcare Act. The legislation collapsed in
the Republican-controlled Senate when the late
senator John McCain gave a thumbs-down
vote to the proposal. Despite the agenda shift
by Republicans, Trump continued to insist
healthcare was coming up next. -We are going to be,
the Republicans, the party of great healthcare. -Trump announced on Twitter
that Republicans would vote on and pass a healthcare bill after
the 2020 presidential elections.