Trump: I only needed a short time to understand everything about healthcare

Trump: I only needed a short time to understand everything about healthcare
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President Trump in a recent interview said he learned “everything there was to know about health care” as the administration worked on repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

“But in a short period of time I understood everything there was to know about health care. And we did the right negotiating, and actually it’s a very interesting subject,” Trump told Time magazine an interview published Thursday.

The president said making deals as president and making deals as a real estate executive is "always the same.”

“You have to know your subject,” Trump said. “And that would be the misconception of misconceptions for that. I mean, it’s not that I — look, I always had health care for my company. But it’s not that I — it was just something that wasn’t high on my list. I had people that negotiated for my company.”

The House last week narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which repeals major parts of ObamaCare, including its mandates, taxes and the expansion of Medicaid.

That bill was pulled from a floor vote in March after Trump had demanded that the House have a vote when GOP leaders did not have enough support to pass the legislation.

After weeks of negotiations, the bill was resurrected, mostly thanks to a deal reached with the far-right House Freedom Caucus. 

Trump during the interview dismissed the idea that Republicans needed a second attempt to pass the legislation.

“See, there wasn’t a second attempt. There was only one attempt. There was a mistake, was we set a date. Now had we not set that date, we would have had one time,” the president said.

Trump said working on the repeal with Congress was “a great thing” because he got to know many lawmakers.

“It was a great process because those two hundred plus people in Congress I got to know almost every one of them. And I developed a bond with many of them that you can only develop under fire. And it was a great thing,” he said.

Trump made repealing and replacing ObamaCare a main part of his presidential campaign. The Senate is now beginning work on the legislation.