President Trump is “very supportive” of the draft Obamacare reform plan released by Senate Republicans this week, and he plans to work closely with senators to get legislation passed, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday.
“He’s had meetings with members,” Spicer told reporters Friday. “I think we have a fairly robust discussion going on right now.”
Spicer said Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and White House policy staff have been involved in talks over the Obamacare repeal and replace plan, and noted Vice President Mike Pence has been particularly involved with the negotiations.
“The vice president is playing a very important role,” Spicer said. “He’s constantly on the phone with them.”
The press secretary said the White House is pursuing a strategy similar to the one they used to shepherd an Obamacare reform bill through the House. Trump, Pence and White House aides worked closely with Republican lawmakers to shape a plan that united conservative and centrist members.
“Right now it’s a fairly similar process. The legislative affairs team is identifying concerns that individual members have,” Spicer said. “There’s also some pull asides here and there” when lawmakers have visited the White House for other reasons, Spicer added.
“The president is very supportive of the Senate bill,” Spicer said. “He’s committed to making sure that no one who is currently in the Medicaid program is affected in any way.”