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WH: Senate Will Keep 'Principles and Main Pillars' of AHCA

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By    |   Friday, 05 May 2017 04:14 PM

President Donald Trump expects "some changes" to be made to the American Health Care Act in the Senate, but not "the principles and the main pillars," White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday.

"We expect there to be some changes," Sanders told reporters at the daily press briefing. "But we expect the principles and the main pillars of the healthcare bill as it exists now to remain the same.

"The fact is that Obamacare is simply unsustainable," she added. "Democrats know that. Republicans know that. The American people know that.

"We have to have change."

House Republicans narrowly passed a revised version of the AHCA Thursday, 217-213, after intense lobbying by Trump and amendments that included adding $8 billion over five years to help states cover people with pre-existing conditions.

But the healthcare bill faces a tougher chance in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 52-48 majority – including two independents, who often vote with Democrats – and a GOP working group is drafting its own healthcare legislation.

In addition, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio has said that he would not support the AHCA in its current form.

No House Democrats backed the legislation – and their Senate colleagues have also vowed that the healthcare bill is "dead on arrival."

Sanders also told reporters that she expected that Trump would become involved in lobbying for the final healthcare bill if necessary.

"The one thing that you can be sure of is to never underestimate this president," she said. "He's shown time and time again that when he's committed to something, it's going to get done.

"He's made no secret he's committed to reforming the healthcare system.

"You are going to see that process take place," Sanders added. "We are not going to get ahead of the legislative process."

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President Donald Trump expects "some changes" to be made to the American Health Care Act in the Senate, but not "the principles and the main pillars," White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday.
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