President Donald Trump said Friday he would not support the GOP healthcare bill currently being pushed by Senate Republicans and that he was open to working with Democrats on it.
Trump was asked during an interview on ABC News’ “This Week” whether he would support the legislation currently being pitched by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Asked again if he would consider it, Trump said: “I think we’re going to have to wait and see what happens.
I don’t know.””
I want to see what we can do.
We’re going into a really bad situation here.
It’s going to be really bad,” he added.
Trump has been repeatedly critical of the GOP bill, saying it is a “disaster” and that it would “destroy” the nation.
Trump also said he has not had a chance to review the bill because of a scheduling conflict, but added that he is “hopeful” that he will support it in the end.
The president has repeatedly called the Senate bill “mean,” but has not offered specific details about what he would do about it.
He has said he will use executive action to roll back some of the ACA provisions he says will result in higher premiums and coverage loss.
Trump and Alexander have been working to hammer out a compromise that would allow insurance companies to sell coverage across state lines, but are still negotiating on the finer details.
Alexander said Friday that he has been in negotiations with the president and is working on a “proposals” document.
“We’re trying to figure out what’s in there, and that’s going on behind the scenes,” he told ABC News.
Trump tweeted Thursday that the plan would allow people to “move into the insurance market without having to pay more for coverage, save hundreds of billions of dollars, and help people with pre-existing conditions.”
“This bill is a disaster,” Trump tweeted.
“I can’t get along with it.
I am not going to support it.”