|President Donald Trump meets with truckers and industry CEOs regarding health care on March 23 in the White House. (Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP)|
President Trump put pressure on the House of Representatives to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) Friday morning as its prospects looked bleaker.
As expected, Trump bemoaned the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, claiming it sent premiums and deductibles skyrocketing and provided overall poor health care. He celebrated the anticipated House vote on the AHCA, expected Friday afternoon, as a chance to “finally” repeal and replace Obamacare.
After seven horrible years of ObamaCare (skyrocketing premiums & deductibles, bad healthcare), this is finally your chance for a great plan!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2017
But in an unusual maneuver, Trump preemptively criticized conservative members of his own party should they not pass the bill. In particular, he took aim at the Freedom Caucus, a hard-line conservative House group founded two years ago, suggesting that if its members were actually committed to outlawing abortion or defunding Planned Parenthood, they would back the AHCA.
The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2017