Trump says he wants to keep Congress out of the health care debate

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is open to working with Congress to keep the country out of a government shutdown that could lead to millions of people losing their insurance.

Trump, who has blamed Democrats for the shutdown, has been pressing to keep federal agencies funded through Sept. 30, despite GOP efforts to pull the plug.

He has also urged lawmakers to pass a bipartisan funding package that would avert a government shutdown in October and a government default in December.

But while Trump has made some concessions on the health-care front, his public statements have remained consistent on one central point: He wants to hold a government-funding vote before Oct. 15.

“I would like to get it done, and I am going to do it,” Trump told reporters after meeting with congressional leaders.

The president also told reporters that he wants Congress to vote on the $1.1 trillion spending package that includes funding for a $1 trillion boost in the nation’s military and a $600 billion boost in disaster relief.

It would also keep government open through Nov. 8 and would provide relief for millions of Americans who have been hit by the shutdown.

Congress is holding its first public hearing on the funding package next week.

Trump has already called for a shutdown.

He has said it would hurt Americans, and he said the country has been suffering through “massive losses.”

Democrats and some Republicans have said they will fight Trump’s effort to shut down the government.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the president is trying to force the issue by threatening to cut off funding to states that have not completed their health insurance exchange plans.

McConnell has called the president’s threats to use a government funding resolution to force a shutdown a “bombshell” that will “have a devastating effect on the economy.”

The president has also said he would use the threat of a shutdown to force Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, which is considered one of the most reliable providers of health care in the country.

Planned Parenthood receives $528 million from the federal government to provide abortions in the U.S. and about 4 million of those abortions are done in the District of Columbia.

Trump recently criticized Planned Parenthood and its president, Cecile Richards, for supporting abortion rights during the 2014 presidential campaign.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is open to working with Congress to keep the country out of a government…