President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE said Thursday that a group of GOP senators will come up with a "spectacular" plan to replace ObamaCare if the courts strike down the law.
Trump told reporters at the White House that lawmakers including Sens. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSenate appears poised to advance first Native American to lead National Park Service Sunday shows preview: Senate votes to raise debt ceiling; Facebook whistleblower blasts company during testimony The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After high drama, Senate lifts debt limit MORE (R-Wyo.), Bill CassidyBill CassidyTrump goes after Cassidy after senator says he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Hillicon Valley — Presented by American Edge Project — Americans blame politicians, social media for spread of misinformation: poll MORE (R-La.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) are working on the plan, at Trump's request.
"We've put together a group of four or five," Trump said. "Bill Cassidy is a terrific health care person, and they are going to work together to come up with something that's really spectacular, maybe we'll even get support in the House from Democrats, but it's going to be far better than ObamaCare."
Trump is hoping that Democrats will be forced to come to the table if the courts strike down ObamaCare, as his administration called for in a surprise legal filing Monday that has set off days of controversy.
But many legal experts in both parties expect the case will ultimately fail, meaning that the opportunity to replace the law that Trump imagines will never come to pass.
Democrats are in control of the House, preventing any ObamaCare repeal and replacement from getting through unless the Supreme Court eventually struck down the law, which most experts view as very unlikely.
Trump, though, said he was hoping to win in court.
"We're working on a plan now," Trump said when asked for a timeline on his plan. "There's no very great rush from the standpoint we're waiting for decisions in the court."
"If the decisions help up, if we win on the termination of ObamaCare, we will have a plan that's far better than ObamaCare, including, very importantly, pre-existing conditions," Trump said.
Cassidy previously worked on a replacement plan in 2017 along with Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThune endorses Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race Pennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral MORE (R-S.C.) that did not win enough GOP support for passage in the Senate.
Trump said he would protect people with pre-existing conditions.
The previous Graham-Cassidy plan, as well as the House GOP plan in 2017, had controversial provisions allowing states to waive the protection that prevents people with pre-existing conditions being charged much higher premiums.