Trump: Group of GOP senators writing 'spectacular' ObamaCare replacement

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone 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 BarrassoOvernight Energy: Gillibrand offers bill to ban pesticide from school lunches | Interior secretary met tribal lawyer tied to Zinke casino dispute | Critics say EPA rule could reintroduce asbestos use GOP senator issues stark warning to Republicans on health care Judd Gregg: In praise of Mike Enzi MORE (R-Wyo.), Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senator issues stark warning to Republicans on health care Bipartisan senators offer bill to expand electric vehicle tax credit Menendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions MORE (R-La.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) are working on the plan, at Trump's request.

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"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 GrahamHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars DOJ: Dem subpoena for Mueller report is 'premature and unnecessary' Dems reject Barr's offer to view Mueller report with fewer redactions 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.