A top White House official hinted Monday that a House vote on the administration’s latest plan to repeal and replace Obamacare would come this week.
“Do we have the votes for healthcare? I think we do. This is going be a great week,” President Trump’s National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn said on “CBS This Morning.”
“We’re going to get health care down to the floor of the house. We’re convinced we’ve got the votes and we’re going to keep moving on with our agenda,” Cohn added.
Cohn’s comments come a day after President Trump himself signaled that a new health care proposal was on its way, just weeks after the administration’s initial attempt failed spectacularly.
Last month, House Republicans were forced to cancel a planned vote on the Trump-supported bill to repeal and replace Obamacare because it did not have enough votes to pass, marking an epic collapse of what Trump had said would be his foremost legislative goal.
Following the debacle, Trump had initially said that he would move on and that Obamacare would remain in place. But news quickly emerged that House Republicans and administration officials were quietly working behind the scenes to revise the proposal.
In an interview that aired Sunday, Trump said the GOP had a “good bill” ready to go that was “much different than it was a while ago.”
“Pre-existing conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it. I said, ‘Has to be,'” President Trump told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“The other thing we’re going to have is groups. Groups of people can negotiate. What’s going to happen is the competition is going to drive down the premiums,” Trump added. “We’re going to drive down premiums. We’re going to drive down deductibles because right now, deductibles are so high, you never, unless you’re going to die a long, hard death, you never can get to use your health care.”
The revised version of the House GOP’s American Health Care Act would also allow states to opt out of the requirement for standard premiums, under certain circumstances. Critics have said there is no requirement that a state must provide an affordable coverage option for those consumers.