Trump is under increasing pressure from Democrats to preserve the Affordable Care Act, despite the White House’s decision to end coverage for millions of Americans.
“We’ve done everything we can to keep our promise.
We’ve kept the promises we made to the American people.
And I’ll do whatever I can,” Trump said Tuesday, during a press conference to announce a $1 trillion stimulus package.
“I will continue to get the numbers right.
But I’m not going to keep the promise I made to people, to the middle class.”
The president did not mention the ACA by name, but the repeal has become the focus of intense and public pressure since the president announced his decision on Thursday.
Republicans have called for a vote on a repeal bill and the Senate must vote by April 7.
But even with the threat of a vote, Trump has not yet publicly called for his party to take a position on the law.
Instead, he has repeatedly stressed the need for Republicans to pass the measure in a short time frame, and he has indicated he might delay a vote if it appears the measure will fail.
“I think it would be very, very difficult for us to vote on the House bill,” Trump told reporters Tuesday, referring to the Senate version of the bill.
“But I’m telling you, I want to do everything that I can to get it done.”
The bill was approved by both chambers by a 52-48 margin in January.
But Trump is unlikely to see the bill come up for a quick vote in the House.
The president has faced a number of challenges over the past two weeks.
The Supreme Court upheld the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and delayed the mandate to buy health insurance.
And he has also repeatedly clashed with lawmakers over his decision to leave a key provision of the ACA that prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.
The Trump administration announced in late March that it would no longer enforce a provision of Obamacare that requires insurers to cover maternity care.
It also removed a requirement that insurance plans cover mental health services, ending the Obama-era requirement that insurers cover coverage for people with disabilities.