Conway 'confident' Trump can have healthcare bill on desk this summer

White House aide Kellyanne Conway on Monday expressed confidence in the progress of the healthcare bill.

"Very hopeful, very confident that the president can have the bill on his desk this summer," she said during an interview on "Fox & Friends."

Conway, during the interview, continued to chide ObamaCare and touted the Senate GOP's healthcare bill.


"This is to help the millions of Americans who were left out, who were lied to about keeping their doctor, keeping their plan," Conway said.

Lawmakers can either repeal and replace ObamaCare at the same time or deal with the two measures separately, she added.

"In terms of the procedure, it could either be repealed and replaced at the same time, or you could do what happened in the 2015 Senate bill," Conway said.

"Where every Republican senator who was there, except for one, voted, and they voted to immediately do away with the penalties and taxes under ObamaCare. They dealt with Medicaid as well."

Her comments come after Senate Republicans last week decided to delay a vote on their healthcare legislation after it became clear it lacked the votes for passage.

Trump last week floated the idea of repealing ObamaCare now and replacing it at a later date if senators are not able to agree on their current bill.

"If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!" Trump tweeted Friday, a course of action that moderate Republicans rejected earlier this year.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation We don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble MORE (R-Ky.) said last week the Senate will continue to pursue a joint repeal and replace of ObamaCare, despite Trump's tweet regarding a clean repeal followed by a later replacement.

Some Republican senators on Sunday mulled over the possibility of first repealing and then replacing ObamaCare, an idea that the GOP originally rejected.