Trump tells donors he’s pushing forward on ObamaCare repeal: report

Trump tells donors he’s pushing forward on ObamaCare repeal: report

President Trump reportedly told donors Saturday night that repealing ObamaCare is still a key agenda item that he intends to pursue, while acknowledging the obstacles in the way.

Trump talked to wealthy GOP donors at the Greensboro, N.C., home of longtime party donor Louis DeJoy about his health care plan, Politico reported Sunday.


The president did not bash or blame any particular lawmaker for the GOP's repeated failure to repeal and replace ObamaCare, according to the report, which cited two people present for Trump's remarks. Instead, he pointed to the difficult task of garnering enough votes in the Senate to pass the legislation.

Trump also said a small group of GOP lawmakers opposed and ultimately killed the repeal efforts, but did not name Republican Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcConnell: GOP could try to repeal ObamaCare again after midterms Comey donates maximum amount to Democratic challenger in Virginia House race Live coverage: McSally clashes with Sinema in Arizona Senate debate MORE (Ariz.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Noisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks MORE (Ky.) or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump says GOP will support pre-existing condition protections | McConnell defends ObamaCare lawsuit | Dems raise new questions for HHS on child separations Poll finds Dems prioritize health care, GOP picks lower taxes when it's time to vote The Hill's 12:30 Report — Mnuchin won't attend Saudi conference | Pompeo advises giving Saudis 'few more days' to investigate | Trump threatens military action over caravan MORE (R-Ky.) as he has in the past, the two attendees told Politico.

Several people at the gathering told the news outlet that Trump suggested he may be open to working with Democrats on health care.

The White House did not respond to Politico's request for comment.

Trump also reportedly talked about the upcoming tax reform push, hurricane rescue and relief efforts, as well as some experiences on the 2016 campaign trail. The president also vented about the negative media coverage during his trip to Puerto Rico last week.

The report comes after the latest push for a GOP health-care bill failed late last month.