President Trump pressures Senate Republicans to vote on health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP and KWCH) Addressing the nation Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump outlined the need to approve a healthcare plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care).

President Trump says the Senate has close to enough votes to bring a healthcare bill to the floor for debate and ultimately to pass a replacement for the ACA. He blames Democrats for blocking progress, "being obstructionists."

"They say all the right things and then they do exactly what they should not be doing," the president says of the opposing party.

Reform with the Senate's plan includes elimination of the individual mandate, elimination of the "job-killing" employer mandate, and repeals of "burdensome" taxes, the president says.Trump says the plan would also lower premiums and "stabilize health-insurance markets," giving Americans more choice and flexibility. It also protects coverage for pre-existing conditions, the president says, dramatically expands health-savings accounts and devotes resources to combat the opioid epidemic.

The president champions the Senate plan as a benefit for states and in turn, their poorer citizens.

"(The plan) providers higher quality care and more flexibility for states to administer Medicaid to better serve their poorer citizens, Trump says.

The Senate votes Tuesday on whether to allow the conservative healthcare bill to move to the floor for debate.

"Any Senator voting against starting debate is telling America you are fine with the Obamacare nightmare," Trump says. "...There is still time to do the right thing."

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President Donald Trump plans to talk to reporters today about health care after meeting with what he calls “victims of Obamacare. “

The Senate has a key vote this week on a Republican health bill but it's still unclear what they will be voting on.

The president has told GOP lawmakers that this is their last chance to do the right thing on repealing Obamacare.

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President Donald Trump told a reporter asking questions Monday to be "quiet."

A White House reporter called out questions as Trump posed for photographs with interns in the East Room. Asked if Attorney General Jeff Sessions should resign, Trump rolled his eyes. When the reporter asked the president if he had a message on health care, Trump said "quiet."

The president then told the interns that the reporter "was not supposed to do that" and was "breaking a code."

Reporters typically call out questions to the president when covering photo ops or bill signings. The president frequently answers.

Trump last week named Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as his new communications director. Scaramucci has said he'd like to hit the "reset button" with the media.

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