President Trump will be taking a page out of his successful campaign book and will take the GOP health care plan directly to voters in the coming days. The White House is behind the Obamacare replacement bill, but skeptical conservatives are vowing to resist it because they note the bill only "amends" Obamacare. They want nothing less than a full repeal.
As a way to soothe the tension and gain some fans for the health care plan who reside outside the Washington bubble, Trump will take the message on the road, according to members of his administration. It's just one of a few avenues the White House is taking to sell the legislation.
“The president, the vice president, all of us at the White House are fully committed to this bill, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to get it passed,” Gary Cohn, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”“Yes, he’s going to travel,” Mr. Cohn said when asked about President Trump’s plans. “Yes, he’s going to go out to the different congressional regions and he’s going to be personally involved in getting passed.”
Before he addresses these crowds, Trump is treating skeptical lawmakers, like conservatives who make up the House Freedom Caucus, to bowling and pizza to urge unity on the American Health Care Act.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has also been pushing the Obamacare replacement on Capitol Hill, PowerPoints and all.
Despite the speeches and pizza parties, leading conservatives have indicated they plan to reintroduce the full Obamacare repeal bill they voted upon unanimously in 2015.