President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE will “make a deal with the Democrats” if Republicans can't get their way on healthcare.
In an interview published Sunday in the Financial Times, Trump said negotiations on healthcare are ongoing, just a week after Republican measures to repeal and replace ObamaCare failed to get a vote in the House.
“If we don’t get what we want, we will make a deal with the Democrats and we will have — in my opinion — not as good a form of healthcare, but we are going to have a very good form of healthcare and it will be a bipartisan form of healthcare,” Trump said during the interview when asked if he would try to recruit Democrats to support future healthcare legislation.
The GOP measures that failed last month were met with skepticism from both conservative lawmakers and centrist Republicans. Members of the House Freedom Caucus argued in favor a clean repeal of ObamaCare, while moderate Republicans expressed concern over the new plan’s dismantling of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion.
Since Republicans pulled the bill from the House floor last month, Trump has criticized several Freedom Caucus members over their vocal opposition to the GOP proposal.
In the interview with the Financial Times, Trump said if he works to recruit Democrats, then the “Freedom Caucus loses so big.”
“Well I will get the Democrats if I go the second way. The second way, which I hate to see, then the Freedom Caucus loses so big and I hate to see that, because ... our plan is going to be a very good plan. When I say our plan, not phase one just: phase one, two and three added up is a great plan ...” said Trump.