WH: No Artificial Deadline on Final Health Care Bill

By Melanie Arter | May 5, 2017 | 5:55pm EDT
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Friday that President Donald Trump is more concerned with getting the health care bill right rather than rushing it through like the Democrats did.

“Not necessarily,” White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said when asked how patient the president is on the health care bill and whether he feels there has to be an artificial deadline on when the bill needs to go to conference.


“The president’s focused on getting it right, not getting it fast. I think we saw the mistake that the Democrats made by trying to force and rush this through. We’re taking the appropriate steps to make sure that the American people get the health care system they deserve. That’s the president’s commitment, not an artificial timeline,” she said.

When asked whether the president expects the legislative process of the health care bill to be more difficult in the Senate than it was in the House, Sanders said, “I think that the one thing that you can be sure of is to never underestimate this president.

“I think he’s shown time and time again when he’s committed to something, it’s going to get done. He’s made no secret he’s committed to reforming the health care system. You’re gonna see that process take place,” she said.

“We’re not going to get ahead of the legislative process, but we expect there to be some changes, but we expect the principles and the main pillars of the health care bill as it exists now to remain the same,” Sanders said.

“It sounds like there could almost be wholesale changes here, and ...if the Senate makes substantial changes to what passed the House, is it ever going to get out of conference?” a reporter asked.

“Look again I think that we’re focused on the big principles of the health care bill - lowering costs, creating a competitive environment, flexibility, giving states the ability to make decisions within the health care system. We don’t expect those things to change,” Sanders said. “Again, I feel like there will be some changes. That’s part of the process, the legislative process.

“We fully anticipate that to play out, but we expect the big piece of this is the fact that Obamacare is simply unsustainable. Democrats know that. Republicans know that. The American people know that. We have to have change. That’s what we’re going to get, and we fully anticipate that to take place,” she said.

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