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Trump backs Obamacare replacement plan, says it follows his guidelines

President Donald Trump gave his stamp of approval on the House Republican replacement bill for Obamacare. Photo credit: DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump said that he supports the Republican plan to replace Obamacare released Monday, saying that it follows the guidelines he set out in a speech to Congress. He made the comments to reporters in a press conference Tuesday.

"Obamacare is in very bad shape," Trump said.

I believe that if we wait two years it will totally implode, and it's pretty much imploding now, Steve, when you think. But it'll implode and people will be like, 'please help us, please help us,' and that'll be the Democrats asking for help. They already are asking for help in the true sense of the word.

Because it's a disaster, the insurance companies are fleeing, some states are up over 100% in costs, the deductibles are through the roof, you don't even get to use it. So we're gonna do something that's great and I'm proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives and encouraged by members of both parties.

I think really that we're going to have something that's going to be much more understood and much more popular than people can even imagine.

"It follows the guidelines I laid out in my congressional address," Trump explained.  "A plan that will lower costs, expand choices, increase competition and ensure healthcare access for all Americans."

This will be a plan where you can choose your doctor, this will be a plan where you can choose your plan. And you know what the plan is, this is the plan. And we're gonna have a tremendous, I think, we're gonna have a tremendous success.

"It's a complicated process," the president concluded, "but actually it's very simple, it's called, 'good healthcare.'"

The House Republican bill to replace Obamacare was released on Monday to a lot of criticism from conservative Republicans, principally Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who called it "Obamacare lite" derisively. Charles Krauthammer has said that if they were to defeat the bill, it could severely endanger Trump's presidency.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) meanwhile, jubilantly described all the features of the bills that conservatives should appreciate, calling it an "act of mercy" for the "nightmare of Obamacare."

Ryan also guaranteed that he would get the necessary votes to pass the bill in the House.

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