The president of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Democrats have not shown much interest in working with President Donald Trump to repeal Obamacare.
“I think the fact that they’re saying they’re interested in that is a sign they’re not,” she told MSNBC.
“They’re very quick to throw stones, to say what’s going to be done.
I know that a lot of people in the White House are very nervous about working with the Republicans on that.”
Republican lawmakers are considering ways to move forward without replacing Obamacare after failing in a budget fight to pass a budget last month.
On Monday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, Ky.) issued a statement that said Democrats are not interested in working on repeal alone.
“Given the current political environment, we believe that a comprehensive healthcare solution that provides a stable pathway to full health coverage is the only pathway to bringing down the cost of health care for Americans,” they wrote.
“We will work with Democrats on solutions to ensure that we can deliver on both the promise of universal coverage, while addressing the current challenges facing the American people.”
The White House says it’s hopeful the GOP-led Congress will agree to a bill that provides more funding for health care and is willing to work on a new deal that provides longer-term funding for Medicare.
It also says it has not been contacted by Democrats on any other steps.
The president has said he wants to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but Republicans have said the GOP has not shown a willingness to work in a bipartisan fashion to accomplish that goal.
The White House is expected to announce its healthcare plan on Tuesday.