President Donald J. Trump sent his personal letter to House Republicans on Thursday outlining his opposition to the American Health Care Act.
The letter, signed by Mr. Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senator Lamar Alexander and Representative Jim Jordan, outlined how the health law would hurt the poor and sick, raise premiums, and put people out of work.
“There are many who would like to see this bill fail and would prefer a better alternative,” Mr. Jordan said.
“That is why I am writing you today.
I will not vote for it.
The American people deserve better.”
“We have spent decades moving this country forward with the health and safety of our citizens, and I cannot support the Republican health care plan,” Mr Trump wrote.
“I believe it would take us backwards and lead to higher premiums, fewer choices and more expensive products.
I will not support this plan.
We have tried to get this done through the years and I will be damned if I will let it happen again.”
Mr. Trump did not name any specific members of his team who voted against the bill, but he did say that Ryan and Alexander were among the “many who would prefer” that they voted no.
As a sign of the seriousness of the letter, Mr. Ryan wrote that the House would meet at 3 p.m.
EST on Friday.
President Trump sent the letter to Republicans in the House of Representatives on Thursday, March 6, in response to the House failing to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 13.
It is unclear how many House Republicans signed the letter.
According to The Associated Press, Mr Trump also signed the “Letter to the President” letter to members of the Senate, which was signed by Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John McCain of Arizona, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida.
According the AP, Mr Trump sent a similar letter to Mr. Graham, McCain and Flake in the early days of his presidency.
Earlier this week, the Senate’s version of the AHCA passed on a party-line vote.
If the House does not pass a version of its version of healthcare reform, it would have to wait for the Senate to pass the legislation.
Trump administration official told Politico, It’s clear the Republican Party has a plan, but it is not a good one.
Republicans are in a tough spot in their effort to get to 218 votes, the threshold needed to pass legislation.
House Speaker Ryan has said the party will not negotiate with President Trump to get what they want.
He is also worried about losing some of his support.
Some conservatives in the GOP have also warned that the President would veto the AHC if it were to pass, although they are confident that the president will veto the bill.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest has repeatedly said that the Trump administration is confident the AHCC will pass the House.
In a statement, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said the president did not oppose the bill because of its failure to repeal Obamacare.
On March 8, Mr Ryan said that Mr Trump would not support the legislation, according to CNN.
Mr Spicer also said that Trump had not decided whether to sign the letter sent by the President to House members, but that he will continue to work with the GOP leadership.
House Republicans are expected to hold a vote on the AHLC in the coming days.