President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was “proud” to support the House GOP’s health care bill and hoped it would go through Congress “very quickly.”
“I think we’re going to have a tremendous success,” Trump said at the White House as he met with his House Deputy Whip Team. “It’s a complicated process, but actually it’s very simple. It’s called good health care.
“So, we’re going to do something that’s great and I’m proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives and encouraged by members of both parties,” Trump added.
Trump’s comments came amid a day filled with heavy criticism of the bill from congressional conservatives, powerful outside conservative groups and Democrats. When asked by reporters whether the White House supported the House GOP’s plan, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price called it a “work in progress.”
Trump, however, was more forceful. “It’s a great bill, we’re going to have tremendous — I really believe we’re going to have tremendous support,” Trump said. “I’m already seeing the support not only in this room, I’m seeing it from everybody.”
“I think really that we’re going to have something that’s going to be much more understood and much more popular than people can even imagine,” he added.
He added it followed the guidelines he encouraged in his address to Congress, saying it “will lower costs, expand choices, increase competition, and ensure health care access for all Americans.”