The U.S. Senate may have failed to table a vote to repeal ObamaCare this week, but that didn’t stop President Donald Trump from hinting at something huge.
According to The Daily Caller, Trump was hosting the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs at the White House when a reporter asked him what he thought about the delayed healthcare vote.
“Health care is working along very well,” stated Trump. “We’re gonna have a big surprise, with a great health care package.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
Pressed for details, the president simply reiterated, “We’re going to have a great, great surprise,” an answer that undoubtedly has left the media scrambling to figure out what he meant.
According to The Washington Post, Trump met Tuesday afternoon with the entirety of the Senate Republican caucus to discuss a path to move forward on the bill, a meeting where Trump’s “big surprise” was most likely part of the conversation.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hopeful that revisions can be made to the bill by Friday that will be acceptable to both conservatives and moderates so it can be sent to the Congressional Budget Office to be re-scored ahead of a planned vote after July 4.
“I think it’s really simple: Republicans have been talking about doing this for a number of years and they’re committed to getting it done and this is part of the process,” explained White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, according to The Post. “This is one of the reasons that we’ve never been focused on a timeline or having to get it done on a certain day, by a certain holiday or anything else. It’s about getting it right.”
According to CNBC, Trump also met with several governors and tribal leaders at the White House on Wednesday, where he talked about energy policy and the upcoming healthcare bill.
“We need almost all of (the Republican senators). That’s never easy. … I think we’re going to get at least very close and I think we’re going to get it over the line,” Trump said. “There was a great, great feeling in that room yesterday.”
“I think this has a chance to be a great health care at a reasonable cost. People can save a lot of money,” stated Trump. “We get rid of the mandates, we get rid of so much. Got rid of a lot of taxes. All the bad parts of Obamacare are gone. Essentially, it’s a repeal and replace.”
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