By Fox News | 1921 28 April 2017
President Trump voiced confidence Friday about a new health care overhaul coming together as early as next week, declaring in an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum that despite Republicans’ failure to pass a replacement in his first 100 days, “ObamaCare is dead.”
The president gave himself high marks as he reflected on the unofficial end of that honeymoon period in office. While calling the ‘100 days’ measure “artificial,” he touted progress in courting China to counter the North Korean threat, confirming a Supreme Court justice and making headway on his big-ticket agenda items – like health care.
The president acknowledged in the interview with “The First 100 Days” that he’s “disappointed” with how congressional Republicans handled legislation like the ObamaCare replacement, an initial version of which was pulled from the House floor last month amid flagging support.
“I was disappointed that they didn’t have more in line by the time I walked in,” Trump said.
But he said he understands the challenge for lawmakers trying to navigate what he called a “very tough system,” running up against Democratic “obstructionists.”
He noted ObamaCare itself took “17 months of brutality” to get approved and, further, suggested Congress may not have a choice about approving a replacement.
“ObamaCare is exploding. ObamaCare is dead — essentially, ObamaCare is dead, it’s not going to make it,” he said, citing states like Tennessee where insurance companies are fleeing the exchange programs set up under ObamaCare.