In an interview with the Financial Times, President Trump said that he is willing to negotiate with Democrats in Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare if he cannot find agreement with House Freedom Caucus Republicans.
"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 said.
While there are ongoing negotiations, "as we speak," the president said, "one way or the other, I promised the people great healthcare ... [and] it will be a repeal and replace of Obamacare which is the deal that is being negotiated now."
With or without the Freedom Caucus, Trump suggested, a bill is forthcoming. "And if we don't get the ... Freedom Caucus there that would be fine," Trump said. "They're friends of mine. Many of them have already left, and many of them as you know have already given us their vote. But when you have zero Democrats, zero, you need close to 100 percent of the Republicans."
Trump said he decided that it was not time to take the bill favored by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to the floor two weeks ago. “There was no reason to take a vote," he said. "I said, 'Don't take a vote,' and we will see what happens." He added that he "didn't want to take a vote ... I don't lose. I don't like to lose. But that wasn't a definitive day."
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