President Donald Trump is optimistic that a healthcare reform bill could pass the House of Representatives as early as next week.
This would certainly serve as a capstone achievement nearing the completion of Trump’s first 100 days in office.
Trump on Thursday predicted that health care legislation would pass “next week or shortly thereafter.” During a joint news conference alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, the president also took issue with the characterization that Republicans gave up on health care after they pulled the original House bill. He reminded reporters that Obamacare was roughly a year-and-half-long effort, while he said he’s only had about two months to negotiate a better deal.
Trump has been meeting with several Republicans in Congress and seems to be playing a more active role in building support for the healthcare bill:
The White House began ramping up pressure on GOP leaders two weeks ago, when top Trump officials called Ryan to the White House and chided the Wisconsin Republican for not delaying recess until a deal was struck.
Since then, the White House has worked with Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and MacArthur (R-N.J.) to come up with a deal they hope will pick off enough conservatives and moderate support to pass the House.