White House: Confident Health Care Bill Will Pass This Week

White House Chief of staff Reince Priebus, and Economic Adviser Gary Cohn expressed confidence Monday morning that Republicans will secure enough votes to pass the revised Obamacare repeal and replace bill later this week.

In an interview Monday morning with CBS, Gary Cohn said, “Do we have the votes for health care? I think we do,”
Cohn serves as the director of the National Economic Council.

“We’re going to get health care down to the floor of the House,” he added. “We’re convinced we’ve got the votes and we’re going to keep moving on with our agenda.”

During a separate interview on “CBS This Morning,” Priebus was also asked if a health care bill will happen this week.

“I certainly hope so,” he said. “I think it will happen this week,” adding that it would be “one of the fastest pieces of signature legislation to go through for a president since Roosevelt.”

The GOP pulled their bill in late March because they did not have enough votes, and just last week they delayed the vote as they failed to win over key GOP members, and secure the votes they needed.


In March, the House Freedeom Caucus took issue with the language of the bill, and even called it Obamacare 2.0.

However, with the introduction of the revised bill, the House Freedom Caucus has come out in support of the newly drafted bill.

Cohn was also asked about the recently unveiled tax plan.

Cohn described it as a tax bill that would help the middle and lower classes because he said it doubles the personal exemption and eliminates deductions that were added to tax laws over the years. He went on to say that the plan would make wealthier people pay more taxes on a much broader swath of income.

As for how it would affect the deficit, Cohn said the Trump administration does not know yet how it will fair, but he said if Congress is able to “eliminate as many of the deductions as we can…if we get them all out, I’m pretty sure it’s going to score quite favorably.”

Asked what it is like as a registered Democrat working in Mr. Trump’s White House, Cohn said the president likes “lots of different opinions” and always “wants to hear the pros and cons of every decision.”

“I came from a very team-oriented environment. The White House is no different,” he said.

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