President Donald Trump’s chief health and human services adviser on Thursday slammed congressional Democrats for their inability to work on a health care bill that has been stuck in Congress for nearly a year.
“We have one of the greatest health care crises in the history of our country, and we have one great president in the White House,” Michael Brown, who also serves as deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs and assistant secretary of state for public affairs, told reporters in the Rose Garden.
“I’m here to tell you, we have a great chance to have something done,” Brown said, before taking questions.
The Senate is expected to vote Friday on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which seeks to slash insurance premiums for millions of Americans who are sick or disabled by shifting to a market-based system.
Republicans control the House, while Democrats have their own bill.
Democrats are demanding the House approve the measure, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that if the bill fails to garner enough support, he will hold a vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Brown said he is confident that House Republicans will act quickly on the bill, which he described as “a bill that’s going to do a lot of good.”
“It’s going up to the president, it’s going back to the House,” Brown added.
“We’re going to get a vote on it.”
Democrats are hoping to pass the legislation by Memorial Day, and the Whitehouse said Thursday that Trump is expected at his first Rose Garden signing as president, where he will sign the bill into law.
Brown’s comments come a day after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters she was confident that the Senate would vote on the health care legislation.
“As the chair of the House leadership team, I’m confident that we will get it done,” Pelosi said.
“I think it’s a bipartisan effort.”