>> A bipartisan plan to keep Obamacare afloat quickly running into trouble on Wednesday. President Trump blasting it as a giveaway for insurance companies, less than 24 hours after he gave the deal his blessing.>> Yes, we have been involved.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Trump has been playing both sides of the street on healthcare for weeks now.
Saying he wants a bipartisan deal to fix Obamacare after his Republicans failed to repeal it. But he's also taking steps to undermine the law in a bid to bring reluctant Democrats to the bargaining table. Well, two senators from the opposing parties have now come up with a deal and Trump is having second thoughts.
Other Republicans are saying flat out, they don't like it. After all, they spent years trying to blow up Obamacare, why would they try to save it now? But Trump's in a tougher spot. He asked for compromise, he got it. Now he's got to figure out what to do with it.
>> We're trying to take a small limited bipartisan and step.>> Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and democrat Patty Murray reaching a deal after weeks of talks. Agreeing to reinstate payments to insurance companies to help keep costs affordable for people who get their coverage through Obamacare. Trump saying at a Tuesday press conference that this White House help shape the deal describing it as a temporary fix until Republicans can round up votes to come up with a more lasting solution.
But backpedaling on Wednesday.>> But, I won't do anything to enrich the insurance companies cuz right now, the insurance companies are being enriched. They've been enriched by Obamacare like nothing anybody's ever seen before.>> White House Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders calling the deal a step in the right direction, but clarifying that Trump does not support it in it's current form.
Other top Republicans withholding their support. House Speaker Paul Ryan saying the Senate should just keep trying to repeal Obamacare. Without Trump's support, this deal isn't likely going anywhere. That could mean higher costs and reduced options for millions of Americans as Trump continues to undercut Obamacare through his executive actions.
He's eager to show that the law is failing. But surveys show that most Americans now think it's his responsibility to fix it. If Trump isn't going to back this deal, many in Washington are left wondering just what he is willing to do to improve healthcare.>> We build America's middle class.