Trump on health care plan: ‘Eventually we’ll win’

Trump on health care plan: ‘Eventually we’ll win’
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President Trump on Sunday afternoon expressed optimism over a Republican-led effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare.


Speaking to reporters on the tarmac of Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey, Trump took a jab at Republican leaders who have either come out against or expressed doubt over the latest GOP health-care bill.

“I have been watching for seven years at the Republicans that have been saying ‘repeal and replace’ and then you have [Arizona Sen.] John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump informally offered Cohn CIA job before changing his mind: report Schiff: I thought more Republicans would speak out against Trump Trump presses GOP to change Senate rules MORE voting ‘no’ for whatever reason,” Trump said, per pool reports. “And by the way, Arizona is one of the biggest beneficiaries.”

Trump went on to say the same for Maine and Alaska, whose Republican senators, Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsHouse leaves out ObamaCare fix from must-pass funding bill Senate considers vote to add ObamaCare fix to spending bill ObamaCare deal in danger of falling out of spending measure over abortion fight MORE and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiProposed budget for Indian Health Services won't treat Native American patients equally Keep anti-environment riders for Alaska out of spending bill Industry should comply with the Methane Waste Prevention Rule MORE, respectively, are also critical to the passage of the bill.

On Friday, Collins said she was “leaning against the bill.”

“So I don’t know what they’re doing, but you know what? Eventually we’ll win, whether it’s now or later,” Trump told reporters on Sunday.

The bill, spearheaded by Republican Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate GOP: Legislation to protect Mueller not needed Cornyn: Hearing on McCabe firing would be 'appropriate' McCain: Mueller must be allowed to finish investigation 'unimpeded' MORE (S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyHere is a health care proposal that could actually work Senators target 'gag clauses' that hide potential savings on prescriptions Kimmel: Political pleas on health care have cost me commercially MORE (La.), seemed to be gaining steam this week until late-night host Jimmy Kimmel publicly slammed Cassidy over the plan.

Then, on Friday, McCain said he would vote "no" on the bill.

Trump also took to Twitter on Sunday to advocate for the plan. “Alaska, Arizona, Maine and Kentucky are big winners in the Healthcare proposal. 7 years of Repeal & Replace and some Senators not there,” he tweeted.