Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz all urged Trump on Wednesday to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after the GOP-led House passed a bill to repeal it, and they also called for the administration to withdraw any funding for it.
“If you have any confidence in our health care system, if you want to help us make our health system better, if the American people want to have health care coverage, you should withdraw your support,” Pence told reporters in a briefing.
“We want to make sure that our system is stable, and our people have access to the coverage they need, but we also want to do everything in our power to make it affordable for the American taxpayer.”
Pence and Cruz both also said they want to see the health care legislation fully defunded.
“The bill we have right now, it’s going to make the healthcare system unaffordable for millions of Americans,” Pence said.
Cruz echoed the sentiment, telling reporters that he wants to see a full repeal of the ACA, as well as a temporary reinsurance program that would pay for “the full repeal” of the law.
Cruz and Trump have been working on repealing the ACA since March, and both men are still undecided on whether they would support a plan that does not fully repeal it.
Cruz is also pressing Trump to repeal the tax credits that he has offered to help people buy insurance, which would make it easier for millions to get coverage without paying a penalty.