As House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempt to wrangle votes on Capitol Hill, the White House remains confident the Obamacare replacement bill will pass with enough votes Thursday.
Tweeting Wednesday morning, President Trump acknowledged the ongoing challenges for healthcare to pass and said he is working hard to get the job done.
Big day for healthcare. Working hard!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2017
Yesterday Press Secretary Sean Spicer reiterated that message after President Trump made a visit to Capitol Hill.
"President Trump and Republicans in Congress will keep their promise by reforming the system once and for all. And that’s exactly what we’re doing with the American Health Care Act, which, along with the additional legislative and administrative action that is part of the three-prong approach that we continue to outline, will finally give all Americans the healthcare system they deserve, where market-based competition leads to more affordable, higher-quality care opportunities," Spicer said. "This is an ongoing process, and the President has made it clear to Congress that they should be open to incorporating some of the common-sense policy proposals that have been suggested by members in both chambers who share their commitment to improving the healthcare system."
As it stands now the AHCA doesn't seem to have enough votes to pass in the House and a number of Senators, including Republicans Tom Cotton, Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz, have warned the legislation is essentially dead on arrival in their chamber. Conservative activist groups like Americans For Prosperity, which was responsible for launching Republicans into majorities in the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections, are also opposed to the current bill.