Trump touts GOP healthcare bill in weekly address

President Trump touted the Senate GOP's healthcare bill in his weekly address Friday, vowing that the "ObamaCare nightmare" would soon be over. 

"Republican senators are working very hard to get something that's going to be really, really good," Trump said. 

"We are very, very close to ending this healthcare nightmare. We are so close. The legislation working it's way through Congress provides the choice and control people want, the affordability they need and the quality they deserve in healthcare." 


But the plan still doesn't have the 51 votes it needs to pass. GOP leaders released their revised version of the bill Thursday, aimed at getting more support.

But moderate Republicans are still holding out because the bill did nothing to address their concerns on the Medicaid expansion or the billions of dollars in cuts to Medicaid. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: White House projects grim death toll from coronavirus | Trump warns of 'painful' weeks ahead | US surpasses China in official virus deaths | CDC says 25 percent of cases never show symptoms 14 things to know for today about coronavirus Trump says he wouldn't have acted differently on coronavirus without impeachment MORE (R-Ky.) plans to hold a vote next week. 

The White House has been pushing the GOP to pass a healthcare reform bill by the August recess. 

Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, met with Republican holdouts in a meeting with McConnell Thursday afternoon. 

Vice President Pence will also meet with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) Friday. Sandoval has been a strong supporter of the Medicaid expansion and has urged Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R-Nev.) to vote against the first bill.