President Donald Trump will decide “this week” whether to let Obamacare implode, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday.
After the Senate failed to repeal Obamacare last week, the president said he would let law fall apart by ending cost sharing reduction payments, which lower out-of-pocket costs for lower-income people.
On Sunday, Conway said Trump is set to decide whether to actually end the payments.
“He’s going to make that decision this week, and that’s a decision that only he can make,” Conway said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Trump also tweeted that “bailouts” for members of Congress will end very soon. Conway said that if lawmakers had to live under all Obamacare’s provisions, they might be more understanding of the problems people face and more willing to repeal it.
“This is exactly what so many Americans hate about Washington D.C.,” she said. “They want people to live under the same rules they do.”
She also said the White House will continue its push on health care. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said it’s “time to move on” from the issue after the failed votes, but Conway said that Trump “will not accept” those who believe that.
It’s unclear, though, where the debate goes from here.
Asked later on the same show what she’d be willing to give up in bipartisan negotiations, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was unable to pinpoint something on which Democrats would give ground.