Trump met at the White House with the most conservative House Republicans, hoping to close a deal that would help ensure passage of the plan, known as the American Health Care Act, by shifting it even further to the right.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer appeared on Fox News' "The First 100 Days" and told host Martha MacCallum President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan did their part to garner support for the American Health Care Act before a vote on it was canceled Friday. "And tomorrow we're proceeding".
The White House is no longer expressing confidence that the upcoming House vote on health care will be successful.
Uncertainty, he said, is "the one thing that business doesn't like", but it's exactly what insurers and the rest of the healthcare industry are facing given the fact that they don't know what Congress is going to do.
"The way that the term "associates" is thrown around, I don't understand what that means", Spicer said. Spicer insisted that today's vote would proceed as Trump demanded later in the day.
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Asked if there was a political cost to a collapse of the health care bill, Spicer said that there would have been a cost to allowing the debate to carry on.
"There's a huge appetite for tax returns", Spicer said, his eyebrows suddenly raising in alarm. "I think that is where the president has drawn the line". Republican leaders had originally hoped to vote on the bill Thursday, the seventh anniversary of ObamaCare's enaction.
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A vote has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. after being delayed Thursday afternoon.
"There's no question in my mind at least that the president and the team here have left everything on the field", Spicer said. "It's a failing system - skyrocketing premiums and deductibles, and fewer choices".