President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had spoken with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about a Senate bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare and said he planned to announce his replacement legislation in the coming days.
The president’s comments came a day after the Senate passed a repeal bill and the House passed its own repeal bill.
Trump has vowed to sign both bills and to sign them without delay.
He’s also told Republicans to “do their job” and “go to work.”
He has said he will not sign the two bills as he wants to “move on” with his presidency.
The President made the remarks at a meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., according to the White House.
“This is a big deal.
It’s a big day for the American people.
The American people want their country back,” Trump said.
“And we’re going to do it together, as a team.”
Trump’s comments come as Democrats and Republicans are working to rally their support for a measure that would repeal ObamaCare and replace it with a $1 trillion package that would provide tax relief for low- and middle-income Americans.
The measure, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would replace ObamaCare with the Better Health Care Reconcentration Act, also known as BCRA.
The Senate version of the bill, the American Health Care Act, is the first such bill to pass the House since the healthcare reform law was passed by Congress in 2010.
“It’s a very big day,” Trump told reporters after the meeting.
“You’re going into a conference that’s going to be the biggest in American history.
And I think we’re all going to see what happens.
We’re going in with a lot of people behind us.
We’ll see what the outcome is.”
McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said that he had met with the President several times to discuss the future of the healthcare law.
“I told the President we have to work together.
He said, ‘Let’s work together,'” McConnell said.
McConnell said he and Trump agreed on a number of issues, including tax relief, the quality of the ACA marketplaces and the size of government.
“The president wants to do a massive tax cut, he wants the ACA repealed,” McConnell said, noting that the president wanted the healthcare plan to be “a trillion dollar tax cut for the rich.”
He said the two had also discussed the possibility of expanding the healthcare program to include children.
“He wants to make sure we don’t have children in this country that are sick.
He wants to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.
So we’re working on that,” McConnell told reporters.
He also said the President told him that the two agreed on the need for “a large-scale replacement of the [ACA] system.”
A few hours later, McConnell said that Trump had told him “that he will sign the BCRA, without delay, if it passes.
And he did so without delay.”
The President, who has promised to sign BCRA as soon as possible, said he expects to sign it before the end of the week.
“As soon as I sign the bill it’s going out to the CBO,” Trump tweeted.
“We’re going out of business.”
A White House official told Fox News that McConnell told Trump he would “have to sign a replacement bill that includes a big tax cut and also a $5 trillion plan to replace the ACA.”
The official said the president said that “I want to do this right.
And if we’re successful, then he’ll do it.”
The Senate bill passed Tuesday with a vote of 48 to 44.
House Republicans have said they plan to vote on the BCREA plan as soon it is released, though the legislation still needs to clear a series of procedural hurdles, including votes in the House and Senate.
In the meantime, the House GOP has called on the Trump administration to stop threatening them with the “nuclear option” that would allow Republicans to force Democrats to hold votes to repeal the law and replace the legislation with their own.