(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump said Thursday that he has directed Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) to form “a really great” health care plan to replace Obamacare if it gets struck down in court.
Speaking to reporters prior to leaving for Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday, the president called Obamacare “an absolute disaster.” He predicted the administration will win at the Supreme Court level in their effort to end Obamacare.
This comes as the Justice Department told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans that a Texas judge’s ruling that Obamacare is unconstitutional “should be affirmed.” Last December, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor in the Northern District of Texas agreed with a coalition of Republican-led states in Texas v. United States, who argued that Obamacare should be thrown out.
Reed ruled that the requirement that people buy health insurance or pay a fine is no longer constitutional because Congress repealed the individual mandate.
“We're winning the lawsuit to terminate Obamacare in Texas. We are winning the Texas lawsuit, and right now, we're on the winning side. Hopefully, we'll win at the appellate division and go to the Supreme Court to terminate Obamacare,” the president said.
“The cost of Obamacare to people is far too much. The deductibility is ridiculous. It averages more than $7,000, meaning it's unusable. So, Obamacare has been disaster. We will take care of preexisting conditions better than they're taken care of now, and I've already gotten rid of the individual mandate, which was the worst part of Obamacare, where you had to pay for the privilege of not getting bad insurance,” he said.
“So we are working very hard on that. John Barrasso, Rick Scott, we have some great people. You look -- I mean, we've put together a group of four or five, and Bill Cassidy is a terrific healthcare person, and they are going to work together and come up with something that's really spectacular. Maybe we'll even get support in the House from Democrats, but it's going to be far better than Obamacare. If we win on Obamacare, it will be terminated in the court, and we'll see what happens,” Trump said.
When asked for a timeline on when he would have a plan to replace Obamacare, Trump said, “Well, we're working on a plan now. There's no very great rush from the standpoint. We're waiting for decisions in the court, but we've already won the case against -- for the termination of Obamacare -- against Obamacare. Now we'll go to the appellate division. We'll see what happens there. I think we'll win. It's in Texas,” he said. “And then it goes to the Supreme Court of the United States.
“If the decisions are held up, if we win on the termination of Obamacare, we will have a plan that's far better than Obamacare, including, very importantly, preexisting conditions, which I've always been in favor of,” the president added.