Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence have both declared they will not allow a repeal of the Affordable Care Act to pass through the U.S. Congress, as they did during the 2016 election.
Trump made the declaration after being pressed on Twitter on Thursday, when pressed by reporters for a timeline of when he would allow his replacement bill to come to the floor.
“We can’t let this happen,” Trump said.
“I am not in the business of cancelling Obamacare.
This is not a repeal bill.
This can’t happen.”
In the past, Trump has said he will not let a repeal attempt through the House, and instead would let it come to a vote in the Senate.
But Pence has consistently stated he will sign a bill that does not repeal Obamacare.
On Thursday, Pence also called the repeal effort a “disaster.”
“The Trump administration has repeatedly said they will pursue a ‘repeal and replace’ effort,” the Pence campaign said in a statement.
“We believe that this bill will only add $700 billion to the national debt over the next 10 years, making it the most expensive bill to pass the country in decades.
It is time for Congress to stop its ‘repealing and replacing’ agenda and begin taking steps to ensure that the American people have access to quality health care.”
A few hours later, a tweet from Pence’s Twitter account indicated that he had signed the repeal bill, tweeting that it is the only way to ensure health care for all Americans.
“Trump will sign the bill into law,” Pence’s account read.
“It is the single best way to bring health care to all Americans.”
Trump and Pence have been publicly critical of the law and its implementation.
During the 2016 presidential election, Trump said that his party’s healthcare bill would not pass, and said that “we’re not going to do it.”
Trump’s tweet came as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan continue to press for legislation to replace the ACA.
On Friday, Ryan said that he and Trump had agreed on a plan for a replacement bill, which was expected to be unveiled next week.
Ryan and Pence are also expected to unveil legislation that will provide more tax relief for people who make less than $250,000 per year, increase Medicaid eligibility, and repeal a mandate that people buy insurance.
Trump and Ryan both said during the campaign that they would be willing to work with Republicans to address the ACA’s problems, and that they had a “good chance” of passing legislation that would do so.
Ryan, however, has not offered any legislative proposals on a replacement plan since the first day of the campaign.