At a listening session on healthcare Monday morning, President Trump said Republicans may be putting themselves in a bad position by repealing Obamacare "because it's gonna blow itself off the map."
"And I tell Tom Price and I tell Paul Ryan, I tell every one of 'em, I say the best thing you can do politically is wait a year because it's gonna blow itself off the map," Trump said.
From his remarks:
TRUMP: And I have to say this, just in closing, and then I want to hear some of your stories. And we'll let the press stay for your stories, if you like.
But the press is making Obamacare look so good all of a sudden. I'm watching the news. It looks so good. They're showing these reports -- now, this one gets so much and this one gets so much.
First of all, it covers very few people. And it's imploding. And '17 will be the worst year. And I said it once, I'll say it again. Because Obama's gone -- you know, he -- things are going to be very bad this year for the people with Obamacare. They're gonna have tremendous increases.
And the Republicans, frankly, are putting themselves in a very bad position -- I tell this to Tom Price all the time -- by repealing Obamacare.
Because people aren't going to see the truly devastating effects of Obamacare. They're not gonna see the devastation in '17 and '18 and '19. It'll be gone by then. It'll -- whether we do it or not, it'll be imploded off the map.
So, the press is making it look so wonderful so that if we end it, everyone's going to say, "Oh, remember how great Obamacare used to be? Remember how wonderful it used to be? It was so great."
It's a little bit like President Obama. When he left, people liked him. When he was here, people didn't like him so much.
That's the way life goes. That's human nature.
The fact is, Obamacare is a disaster. And by -- and I say this to the Republicans all the time -- by repealing it, by getting rid of it, by ending it, everyone's gonna say, "Oh, it used to be so great." But it wasn't great.
And I tell Tom Price and I tell Paul Ryan, I tell every one of 'em, I say the best thing you can do politically is wait a year because it's gonna blow itself off the map.
But that's the wrong thing to do for the country. It's the wrong thing to do for our citizens.
Watch President Trump's full listening session: