''We really have a good (healthcare) bill. I think they could have voted on Friday,'' says U.S. President Donald Trump on CBS News' Face the Nation program. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Donald Trump defended his work on the latest Republican healthcare bill on Sunday (April 30) on CBS News' Face the Nation program. "We really have a good bill. I think they could have voted on Friday. I said 'just relax, don't worry about this phony 100 day thing... get the good vote and make it perfect," said Trump. "I'd rather have the federal government focused on North Korea, focused on other things than your knee," said Trump. "Now the state is going to be in a much better position to take care because it's smaller." U.S. House leaders decided against holding a vote on a reworked healthcare system overhaul last week after failing to find the necessary support, congressional aides said on Thursday. White House officials had urged a floor vote on the legislation before Trump's 100th day in office on Saturday, hoping to follow through on a campaign promise to repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Advocates had hoped to raise enough support for the measure after a group of hard-line Republican conservatives endorsed an amended version on Wednesday. But by Thursday evening Republican leaders still had not collected enough votes from moderate Republicans whose backing was also needed for passage in the House, given united Democratic opposition.