White House: Democrats 'more organized' on healthcare

White House: Democrats 'more organized' on healthcare
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The White House on Monday conceded that Democrats have been “more organized” than Republicans in the high-stakes battle over healthcare.

White House legislative director Marc Short told reporters that President Trump is making an “affirmative case” for GOP legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare, but Democratic opposition has made it difficult to pass.

“It’s a fair point that the Democrats were more organized in their messaging on the bill than Republicans,” he said during an off-camera briefing.

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Short did not say whether Trump planned additional speeches or rallies to boost the plan, but he said the president would continue to back the effort.

The GOP bill, which is suffering from low approval ratings according to several surveys, faces an uphill climb in the Senate.

Several senators home for the Fourth of July recess were confronted by constituents opposed to the plan. GOP leaders are well short of the 51 votes necessary to approve the bill.

But Short expressed confidence that Congress would approve the healthcare plan before lawmakers leave Washington for the August recess.

“We’re confident it’s going to pass and we’re not going to be in a position of failure,” he said. “We still look forward to completing the repeal and replace before August.”

Short added that Trump has not ruled out calling on members of Congress to scrap the recess if the bill is not law by the time they’re scheduled to leave.

"I cannot imagine that Congress would dare to leave Washington without a beautiful new HealthCare bill fully approved and ready to go!" Trump tweeted earlier Monday.