President Trump is ready to ditch a key Republican group if they don’t get onboard for his party’s repeal and replace plan for ObamaCare.
After the Freedom Caucus refused to support the recent Republican push, Paul Ryan was forced to pull Trump’s ill-though out plan for a new healthcare system that benefited the rich and young.
“If we don’t get what we want, we will make a deal with the Democrats and we will have — in my opinion — not as good a form of healthcare, but we are going to have a very good form of healthcare and it will be a bipartisan form of healthcare,” Trump told the Financial Times in an interview on Sunday.
Trump desperately needs members of the Freedom Caucus to support his healthcare vision if there is any hopes of passing the program. Members of that party said the Republican plan didn’t go far enough to outright repeal ObamaCare.
“Well I will get the Democrats if I go the second way. The second way, which I hate to see, then the Freedom Caucus loses so big and I hate to see that,” said Trump.
Trump says he doesn’t want to be forced to demand a vote on the measure.
“Yeah, I don’t lose. I don’t like to lose. But that wasn’t a definitive day. … There was no reason to take a vote. I said, ‘Don’t take a vote,’ and we will see what happens. But one way or the other, I promised the people great healthcare. We are going to have great healthcare in this country,” he said.
Trump and his team have been holding behind-closed-doors meetings with various members of the Freedom Caucus in the hopes of swaying their votes.
In remarks after the defeat, Trump called himself a “team player” and praised Ryan and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price as working “very, very hard” on the bill.
Trump said of the defeat, “The Republican House Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.”
When asked about his Twitter tactics which involve attacking his opponents, Trump had this to say,
“I don’t regret anything, because there is nothing you can do about it. You know if you issue hundreds of tweets, and every once in a while you have a clinker, that’s not so bad. Now my last tweet, you know the one that you are talking about perhaps, was the one about being in quotes wire tapped, meaning surveilled. Guess what, it is turning out to be true . . . I predicted Brexit.”
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