Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that President Donald Trump sought a health care plan that ensured “no one is going to fall through the cracks,” including Americans who received health care under the Medicaid expansion authorized by Obamacare.
Pence appeared Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” where George Stephanopoulos asked him if Trump “can guarantee that everyone who has coverage now won’t lose it" under a new health care law.
“I think the President’s made it clear to Congress that, particularly when it comes to the most vulnerable population, George, the Medicaid population, we don’t want anyone to fall through the cracks,” Pence replied.
“And you heard him mention tax credits last night,” Pence continued. “What the President wants the Congress to do is to create a framework for people to be able to afford coverage. And then lastly, you heard him talk about creating a national marketplace, allowing Americans to buy health insurance across state lines, focusing on lowering the cost of health insurance, rather than mandating that people buy government approved health insurance.”
“Will that guarantee that no one loses coverage?” Stephanopoulos asked again.
“I think the President has made it clear: No one is going to fall through the cracks in this,” Pence said.
Trump himself has used similar language, saying at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week that he wanted a new health care law because “Obamacare covers very few people.”
And GOP lawmakers have acknowledged that the Medicaid expansion authorized by Obamacare has been especially tricky to navigate during their effort to craft a replacement for the law, given that 32 states took advantage of federal funds to expand coverage, including Washington, D.C. That number includes many conservative states.
Watch the interview below via ABC News: