“We are making great progress with healthcare. ObamaCare is imploding and will only get worse. Republicans coming together to get job done!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump, who spent part of Saturday golfing in Virginia, told reporters that he spent part of the day strategizing with his White House team on the health care overhaul.
The President has thrown his full weight behind a contested plan by House Republicans to replace Obamacare, battling to overcome resistance from the party’s right wing in hopes of meeting a key campaign pledge.
On Saturday he dispatched his top lieutenant, Vice President Mike Pence, to the southern state of Kentucky to make a pitch for the beleaguered proposal.
“Here are the heart-breaking facts, Americans are paying $3,000 more a year on average for health insurance than the day Obamacare was signed into law,” Pence told a crowd in the city of Louisville.
“Last year alone, premiums spiked by 25% and millions of Americans have lost their health insurance plans and lost their doctors,” Pence said, touting the Republican reform plan, unveiled just this past Monday, as the solution. “We’re going to give Americans more choices. We’ll expand health savings ac-counts,” Pence declared.
“Under President Trump’s leadership, we’re actually also going to finally allow Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines, the way you buy life insurance, the way you buy car insurance.”
Barack Obama’s signature health insurance reform bill was the crowning domestic achievement of his presidency.