EXCLUSIVE: Speaker Paul Ryan: President Trump 'constantly' trying to get health care done

Speaker says Trump is engaged on health care
Ryan: Trump working 'constantly' on health care
Posted at 1:22 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 23:48:25-04

WASHINGTON -- The Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a new health insurance system may have suffered a major defeat this week, but House Speaker Paul Ryan says that is despite President Donald Trump's best efforts.

In an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson Wednesday morning, Speaker Ryan said President Trump has done all he can to ensure a health care victory for the GOP.

Benson: Is he doing all he can do, do you think, the president, to make this bill pass?
Ryan: Yeah, I think he is, actually. I talked to him twice [Tuesday] about this. He has engaged more on this issue than I've seen any president engaged in any particular issue with members of Congress. He speaks with members constantly trying to get this done.

Those efforts continued Wednesday, with the president attempting to curry favor with Republican senators at a White House lunch meeting. Any version of a health care plan will require 50 Republican votes in the Senate for passage - a threshold that has yet to be met.

See more of Charles Benson's 1-on-1 interview with Speaker Paul Ryan tonight on Live at 6, Live at 10, and on