Gingrich: Trump’s sales pitch needs healthcare 'translator'

Gingrich: Trump’s sales pitch needs healthcare 'translator'

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said President Trump will be able to push the Republican healthcare message after "somebody translates it," according to a Wednesday Associated Press report.

Gingrich, who is a close Trump ally, also said GOP lawmakers have struggled to effectively communicate the new healthcare bill and address the complexities of healthcare policy because “nobody has served as a translator.”

He said the president would be an effective voice in spreading the message, but said he may need some help properly formulating how to present the measure with the help of policy experts.

“Trump will be able to repeat it with enormous effectiveness once somebody translates it,” Gingrich told the AP.

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Trump acknowledged earlier in the day that passing the ObamaCare repeal-and-replace measure will be a “tough” battle, but he said he believes GOP lawmakers can “get it done.”

The president also said the healthcare bill is coming "along very well" and said Wednesday that Republican lawmakers have a "big surprise" coming on the measure. 

The president's comments come as Senate Republicans face an uphill battle to get enough lawmakers on board.

Five GOP senators have publicly said they will not vote for a motion to begin debate on the bill after a Congressional Budget Office analysis revealed that 22 million more people would become uninsured under the new measure over the course of a decade.  

Republican leadership has delayed a vote on the bill until after the July Fourth recess as a result of the opposition to the bill among Senate GOP lawmakers.