White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that the administration is “not looking to pass a bipartisan bill” and that “we’ll have bipartisan solutions.”
Sanders was asked by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes if the White House was “bipartisanship focused on Obamacare?”
Sanders responded that the president “has not said that at this point.”
Sanders said she didn’t want to get ahead of Trump’s “biden moment,” in which he has repeatedly claimed he’s in favor of a bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act with a new version of it.
The president has repeatedly said he would support a bipartisan solution, and he has previously said that he wants to negotiate on his own.
Sanders, though, didn’t say if the president would back a bill from Senate Democrats or Republicans that would get rid of the requirement that insurers cover the full range of preventive care.
She also didn’t answer whether the White, or White House, would be pushing for the same type of bipartisan solution as it did in 2016 when the GOP took control of the House.
Sanders also said the administration was “not” planning on making any changes to the Medicaid program for the poor, which was one of the primary focus of President Donald Trump’s signature health care law.
Sanders said there would be “no change” to Medicaid and said the Trump administration will “work closely with Congress to address the issue of the poor.”
Trump said last week that he would sign a bill in the coming days that would make major changes to Medicaid.
The Senate passed a version of the bill last week and the House passed it Tuesday night.
It is the first significant legislative achievement in Trump’s administration.
The bill is the result of bipartisan efforts in both the House and Senate.
It would reduce the number of people covered by the Medicaid expansion program, which provides insurance to low-income people and has been the most popular program for Americans in recent years.
The Trump administration said in a statement Wednesday that it is “disappointed” with the Senate’s bill, which would cut benefits for low- and moderate-income Americans.
The House bill, though still popular, would likely increase premiums for millions of low-wage workers and make it harder for the program to expand to the millions of people who currently receive it.
“This bill fails to provide enough coverage for low and moderate income Americans, while making it harder to expand Medicaid and raise the incomes of millions of Americans,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in the statement.
“We are committed to continuing to work with the White Houses leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a vote, but we are disappointed in the Senate bill.”
Trump has repeatedly argued that his health care legislation is working, but there is no evidence that it has increased premiums.
Sanders acknowledged that the Trump White House has been working with congressional leaders on a bipartisan proposal.
“But we’re not looking to make any changes,” she said.
“The White House is not looking at any single bill.
We’re working closely with members of Congress to look at the best possible bill that we can put forward that’s not going to take away coverage for Americans who are currently in the Medicaid system.”
Trump’s team has made repeated promises to repeal Obamacare.
In the past, they’ve repeatedly claimed that the legislation is “repeal and replace” and said that the bill would cut costs for consumers by $350 billion.
The White House also repeatedly claimed, though never substantiated, that the law was “over-regulated.”
Sanders acknowledged in her statement Wednesday, however, that there are still “issues” with Obamacare that need to be addressed.
She said that “there are still people who have problems with the insurance plans they’re currently enrolled in.”