WASHINGTON—With President Donald Trump facing his 100th day in office next week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Friday that the push to pass health care legislation is not tied to the landmark.
“This has not been our goal to sort of say that we have to have it done by X date,” Spicer said in an off-camera briefing. “We’re going to get it done when it’s appropriate.”
Trump said during a press conference Thursday that a “great bill” is on the horizon, suggesting that it could come as soon as next week.
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“We have a good chance of getting it soon,” Trump said. “I’d like to say next week, but … I believe we will get it. And whether it’s next week or shortly thereafter.”
Representatives from the conservative House Freedom Caucus and the moderate Tuesday Caucus have been huddling to piece together a plan to effectively repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
However, no formal deal has been announced and the likelihood that it will be passed before Trump’s one-hundredth day next Saturday appears unlikely.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump said in a document titled “Contract with the American Voter” that he would fight to repeal the Affordable Care Act at the start of his administration.
The White House had previously pushed for the Republican-backed American Health Care Act, but the legislation was pulled before it could be voted on after it became clear that it would lack the votes to pass the lower chamber.
On Friday, Trump dismissed the attention being paid to the upcoming deadline, saying it was a “ridiculous standard.”
No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2017