Republicans who want to pass the American Health Care Act on their own without Democrats backing the legislation have been calling on them to join forces with President Donald Trump to pass it.
“I don’t think the American people should have to choose between their health care and the future of their families,” former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Sunday.
“You’re asking the American public to give up their healthcare and then put it in the hands of a dictator,” Bush added.
“The American people deserve better.
That’s what the American Dream is all about.”
Trump said Friday that the Republican-led House and Senate should pass a health care bill before Christmas.
The president also tweeted Sunday that the GOP should not be “selling our country out” on health insurance, calling on members of the party to “support the president’s agenda.”
“If we can’t get together and pass the bill, then we should go back to work,” Trump said.
“We need to pass this bill so the American taxpayer will have access to affordable, quality, quality health care for their families.
That is the essence of the American dream.”
Democrats have also called on Republicans to join with Trump to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Republicans should “make a decision to pass” the AHCA before the holidays.
“I think the president is very confident that we will be able to get this done.
If we can get this through Congress, I think we will have a very good chance of passing it,” she said.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.) has also called for the GOP to get rid of the AHC, but she also noted that the president has said that if the Senate can’t pass a bill by Dec. 15, the president should sign it into law.