President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the United States will not go into the summer of 2019 without a full-blown health care overhaul.
“I don’t think the world is going to get through this without some sort of overhaul, whether it’s a full repeal of the ACA or something else,” Obama told reporters.
Obama added that he is committed to finding a solution to the health care crisis.
He said the president will be holding a news conference Thursday morning to discuss the details of his administration’s plan.
The president made the comments in an interview with the Wall Street Journal after the newspaper reported on the White House’s plans to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act until after the 2018 midterm elections.
Health care reform remains a top priority for Republicans in Congress, who have vowed to pass a bill before the end of the year.
President Donald Trump, who is in New York City for a campaign rally, on Wednesday said Republicans are going to “do something” with the ACA if they win control of Congress.
“If they’re not able to do that, we’re going to do something else.
We’re going do something that is, in my opinion, the right thing for our country,” Trump told reporters during a press conference.
Trump’s remarks came after Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asked the White Health Administration to delay implementation of a new health care law until after next year’s midterm elections because of the possibility of “fiscal cliff” effects.
Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, plan to vote Thursday on a bill to delay or defund the ACA.