President Donald Trump and Republicans are still looking to work on healthcare, as they continue to be at odds with the House Freedom Caucus.
"They are negotiating as we speak… But one way or the other, I promised the people great healthcare. We are going to have great healthcare in this country," Trump told Financial Times in an interview.
He said he would prefer if the Freedom Caucus came onboard, because Democrats are totally against the proposal. "When you have zero Democrats, zero, you need close to 100 percent of the Republicans.
"If we don't get what we want, we will make a deal with the Democrats and we will have, in my opinion, not as good a form of healthcare, but we are going to have a very good form of healthcare, and it will be a bipartisan form of healthcare."
That deal with Democrats would not be a win for the Freedom Caucus, he said. With a Democrat deal, "the Freedom Caucus loses so big and I hate to see that."
The House Freedom Caucus wants to lower premiums by removing the health benefits provision that requires insurance companies to cover maternity, substance abuse, prescription drugs, and other benefits. It also wants to get rid of community ratings, which bars insurers from basing premiums on health, gender, or age in certain areas, according to the Washington Examiner.
Republicans are still in talks with Trump. On Sunday, Trump played golf with Sen. Rand Paul, who was a critic of the proposal.
The Kentucky senator and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney planned to discuss healthcare and other topics, said White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.
Vice President Mike Pence expressed optimism about reforms at an Ohio appearance on Sunday.
"The president and I have faith — we have faith that Congress will stand up and do the right thing. When Congress finally decides to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump and I will be ready to work with them hand in glove," he said, according to Cleveland.com.
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