President Trump on Tuesday asked voters to pressure their congressmen to support legislation to partially repeal and replace Obamacare, and said figuring out a healthcare bill is still key to tax reform.
"We're also working with Congress on tax reform and simplification, and we're on time if we get that healthcare approval," he said in a speech in Kenosha, Wisconsin. "So press every one of your congressmen, press everybody, because we want to get that approval."
"And it just makes the tax reform easier, and it makes it better, because it's gonna make it steeper, it's gonna be bigger, and that's what we want to do," Trump said.
Trump's main problem has been with conservative Republicans, who want the bill to repeal more of Obamacare so that insurance premiums are lowered. Trump has opened the idea of working with Democrats to find enough votes to pass the bill, and signs have emerged over the Easter recess that conservative Republicans are no closer to agreeing to the bill as it stands.
Republicans tried twice to reach a deal before the break, and failed each time.
Still, Trump predicted a deal would be reached, which would allow Congress and the White House to work together on tax reform.
"So we're in very good shape on tax reform," Trump said. "We have the concept of the plan, we're going to be announcing it very soon."
"On healthcare, we have to get the healthcare taken care of," he added. "And as soon as healthcare [is taken care of], we're going to march very quickly, you're gonna watch. We're gonna surprise you."