- Fox News
President Donald Trump said in a Wednesday-night interview that he would refuse to sign House Republicans’ American Health Care Act if the bill failed to “take care of the people.”
Speaking with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Trump said the bill, which is controversial among Republicans, was “very preliminary” and would most likely change during Senate negotiations.
“If we’re not going to take care of the people, I’m not signing anything,” Trump said.
Responding to a question from Carlson regarding how the bill’s tax cut for investors squared with Trump’s campaign promises to working and middle-class communities, Trump agreed that the bill as written did not necessarily help many of those who voted for him.
“A lot of things aren’t consistent,” Trump said. “But these are going to be negotiated. We’ve got to go to the Senate. We’re going to see what happens in the Senate.”
Trump spent a significant portion of the conversation concerning healthcare reform criticizing Democratic lawmakers for refusing to work with Republicans on the legislation.
“If we had the greatest healthcare bill ever in history and we needed eight votes from the Democrats to get us up to the 60 number that you would need, they wouldn’t vote for it,” Trump said. “It’s a very selfish thing. They’re doing a very, very bad disservice to the country.”
But Trump did mention his meeting with Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings concerning drug-pricing reform and reiterated his promise to bring down drug costs.
“We have a middleman system, and we have a lot of bad systems, but basically, we don’t have a good bidding system,” Trump said. “We’re going to get drug prices so far lower than they are now your head will spin.”
Trump repeated his claims that the healthcare law he is seeking to replace, best known as Obamacare, was “a disaster” and that President Barack Obama knew the healthcare system would “implode” in 2017.