Trump, Sanders on health care: ‘We’re going to be the biggest beneficiaries’
In the wake of the latest round of revelations about the ongoing health care debate, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump agreed that they were not going to have to wait for the Republicans to pass their own health care legislation before they could begin working to improve it.
The Vermont senator on Thursday said the only thing holding the Republicans back from a health care bill was the Republican obstructionist leadership of House Speaker Paul Ryan, while Trump echoed his earlier remarks that the Democrats should not expect to see anything anytime soon.
“I think it’s really a little early to say that we are going to get a good bill done in the coming weeks,” Trump said.
“It will be the Democrats that will get a bill done.
It will be done by a bipartisan group of people.
And it will be a great bill.”
The two candidates, who have been locked in heated, often heated primary battles over health care for the past year, also agreed that their party is now moving in a different direction.
“It’s a really interesting dynamic,” Sanders said, referring to the GOP effort to block a Democratic effort to pass a new version of the Affordable Care Act.
“I think the Republicans are trying to hold us hostage, to make us wait until they can come up with something.
We’ll get it done.
We have a Republican majority in the House.”
Trump’s comments come after House Speaker Ryan on Thursday unveiled a package of amendments to the American Health Care Act that could bring the GOP’s health care proposal to the floor as soon as this week.
Republicans have already been talking about a new plan to address rising costs and the need for additional federal funds for the Affordable Health Care Care Act, which they say is hurting Americans with pre-existing conditions.
A key sticking point in the negotiations is whether the AHCA will include enough funds to stabilize the insurance market, the American Medical Association, the nation’s largest medical association, said in a letter to the House leadership on Thursday.
The group said that the House should include funding to cover the costs of providing insurance to all Americans without premiums rising beyond the annual limits established under the ACA, which have been set to increase by 2024 and cost the government $10.7 trillion.
Trump, a frequent critic of the ACA and of Republicans for not doing enough to help people in need, said on Thursday that the GOP has not taken into account the cost of providing coverage to all the uninsured.
“The Republicans are not going for the middle class,” Trump told reporters.
“They are going for people that can afford to pay more, and they are not even trying to get into the coverage of those that have pre-conditions.
That’s a total disgrace.”
Trump also expressed frustration over Ryan’s attempts to move the AHC along, saying that the speaker had been doing everything in his power to delay its passage.
“Ryan is trying to keep his job.
He’s trying to kill it,” Trump declared.
“If you want to go into health care and you don’t want to have premiums going up, if you want it to be for everybody, if we can’t get that bill done, I will not be so stupid as to vote for it.”
Trump on Thursday also said he would be happy to work with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to make the AHCC a bipartisan legislation.
“If we could work together, I would certainly be willing to work on it,” the president said.
The president on Thursday repeated his call for the GOP to make health care more affordable for the American people.
“We’re still not going,” Trump stated.
“We’re in a big mess.”