Trump promises healthcare plan 'far better than Obamacare'

President Trump promised Wednesday that a healthcare replacement plan from Republicans would be "far better" than Obamacare if the courts agree with his administration's position that Obamacare should be thrown out.

"If the Supreme Court rules that Obamacare is out, we'll have a plan that is far better than Obamacare," he told reporters in the Oval office ahead of a meeting with Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

On Tuesday, Trump declared that Republicans would become the "party of healthcare" and urged senators during their weekly lunch to take another swing at a replacement bill.

Trump did not specifically tell them which bills to embrace, and did not elaborate on Wednesday during the Oval Office remarks. His latest budget request would revive the Graham-Cassidy bill, which turns authority for setting up healthcare systems to states, and members of his administration won’t say what the fallback plan is if the law is struck down.

Past bills Republicans have presented were projected to leave millions more people uninsured than under current law, and lawmakers do not appear to have immediate plans to develop a backup. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who chairs the Finance Committee, said lawmakers would only look at a replacement plan if the administration's challenge to Obamacare were to be successful.
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