Cautioning Republican lawmakers against being an obstacle in repealing Obamacare, the White House has warned skeptics against abandoning their own party's health care plan saying that by doing so, they could end the dreams of ridding the country of the current health law.
A day after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released an analysis showing the Republican plan could result in 24 million fewer insured Americans by 2026, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the current plan is the "only vehicle" that can create a better health plan, reports CNN.
"If we don't get this through, the goal of repealing Obamacare and instituting a system that will be patient centered is going to be unbelievably difficult. This is the vehicle to do that," Spicer said.
His remarks come in the wake of developments indicating that Republican support for the health bill appeared to be fracturing, in the fear that they'll come under fire for supporting a plan that's estimated to reduce the number of insured.
Spicer said that the White House was working with House leaders to write changes to the bill, which was only introduced last week, and further downplayed the implications of a joint White House-Republican leadership effort to alter the health care bill.
"I think it is an admission of what we stated at the beginning of this entire process, which was the President was going to engage with members to hear their ideas. We are not, this has never been a take it or leave it. The President's goal is to make insurance available for everybody. Yes, that's what he intends to do. The goal of this is to make sure every American has the choice and a plan that they can afford, and that they have the choice to buy and that's not what they have now," Spicer said.
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