The Republican National Committee said Monday it has “total and total control” of the White House, which President Donald Trump “will never, ever relinquish.”
The statement comes as the House and Senate are debating legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he hopes to vote on the legislation before the end of the year, but the Republican leadership has signaled that there’s no timeline on that.
Republicans in the House have already passed a plan to repeal the ACA with little Democratic support, and House Republicans have also said they intend to vote to eliminate the ACA before the 2018 midterm elections.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is leading the charge on the Senate side, told reporters Monday that Republicans have “total control of this White House.”
Graham said he was confident Trump would vote for the legislation, but said he didn’t think it would get enough votes in the Senate.
“I think the Senate is very likely to get it,” Graham said.
“We’re still in the middle of the first week of recess.
We’re going to be back.
So I don’t think there’s a timeline on this. But I don�t see a reason why it shouldn’t get it.”
The Senate’s version of the repeal bill would also allow states to opt out of the Affordable Health Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.
Graham said that’s not a big deal for the Senate, because “there are people who live in states that don’t have Medicaid, people who don’t qualify for Medicaid.”
The White House has said it is committed to making it work.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday that Trump would sign a bill to repeal Obamacare “before the end in January, but there is no timetable on that.”
He also said that the president doesn’t expect to use the executive order he issued earlier this month to end the Medicaid expansion in 2020.
Democrats and some Republicans in the Trump administration say that will be a bad move, given that it would leave more than 16 million Americans uninsured and potentially force millions of others to lose coverage.
Democrats are also concerned about a provision in the bill that would let states opt out if they are hit with a $1 trillion shortfall from the repeal of the ACA.
The bill also requires that the federal government provide health insurance to everyone by 2026.
The Senate bill does not address that provision, so it would not change the law.