Obamacare is "dead," "dead," "dead," President Donald Trump said repeatedly Friday morning as he promised "to take care of people at all levels" with a controversial Republican plan to replace the health-care law.
Trump also bragged about flipping a number of conservative Republican lawmakers from "no" votes on that plan to "yes" votes after meeting with a group of them at the White House.
And he said that the "fantastic" GOP plan pending in the House of Representatives will lead to "bidding by insurance companies like you've never seen before," and new designs for health plans that "nobody's even thought of ... to take care of people."
Despite Trump's claims, the embattled Republican bill, the American Health Care Act, is by no means certain to end up on his desk for signing into law, because of opposition among some GOP lawmakers, whose party holds majorities in both chambers of Congress.
NBC News reported that the hardest-core GOP opponents of that bill were not among the 13 lawmakers from the Republican Study Committee who attended the White House meeting, and that the members of Congress who were there had not been considered firm opponents.
The Washington Post's running tally of more than 60 potential GOP "no" votes includes just two lawmakers at the meeting with Trump, both of whom has expressed serious concerns about the bill as opposed to being firm "no" votes."
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who was not at the session, said Thursday that she could not support the bill "in its current form."
And another group of conservative Republican in the House tweeted out their opposition to the bill shortly after Trump spoke.
But Trump on Friday said that the current state of Obamacare necessitates that bill passing Congress.
"Only because everyone knows it's on its last, dying feet, the fake news is trying to say good things about it, the fake media. There is no good news about Obamacare. Obamacare's dead," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office after his meeting with lawmakers.