President Donald Trump vowed in an interview to announce a “phenomenal” new health care plan in less than two months, adding also that he would make health care a priority in the lead-up to his re-election campaign.
“We almost had health care done. Health care’s a disaster …” the President told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “If we win back the House, we’re going to produce phenomenal health care. And we already have the concept of the plan, but it’ll be less expensive than Obamacare by a lot.”
Trump has long promised health care which would cover more people at a lower cost, while at the same time keeping existing expansions that cover certain groups of people, such as those with pre-existing conditions.
However, senior White House officials have said a health care bill is far from being finalized any time soon. They have told ABC News that the administration is crafting a set of “high-level principles” that outlines the President’s vision on which future legislation could be based.
One of the officials added that the process was still in the early stages, as well as that a draft of the principles is circulating within the administration but it remains unclear for now when it would be made public. What is known is that they will address affordability, premiums, and protections for pre-existing conditions, the official said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized Trump Monday, saying that his health care plan would only mean “higher costs, worse coverage and the end of lifesaving protections for people with pre-existing conditions.”
She stressed that from the day he took office, Trump has done nothing else but demand from courts that pre-existing conditions protections be struck down and has sought to eliminate other protections providing people with affordable health care.
On the other side of the aisle, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was excited to see what the President’s plan would include. “We’re anxious to see what the president recommends,” he said during an interview.
“There’s a space there for the president to advocate for something and we’re looking forward to seeing what he’s going to recommend,” he added.