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Trump compares coverage of Obamacare to Obama’s popularity: ‘When he left, people liked him’

President Trump listens during a meeting about health care at the White House on March 13. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Turns out Obamacare is a little bit like its namesake president: kind of popular.

President Trump is in the midst of his pitch to the American public that it's time to throw out the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” and replace it with a new Republican bill, the American Health Care Act. The problem is, according to Trump, the press and the public have come down with something akin to seller's remorse.

“The press is making Obamacare look so good suddenly. I’m watching the news. It looks so good,” Trump said at a health-care listening session at the White House on Monday. “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,” the president added.

Millions might lose health coverage? Not to hear Republican leaders tell it.

Trump diagnosed the current law as “imploding,” predicting that 2017 “will be the worst year” yet.

Although Trump supports the House Republican-crafted American Health Care Act, on Monday he mused about the political wisdom of leaving the law to collapse on its own.

“It’s going to blow itself off the map,” Trump said. “But that’s the wrong thing to do for the country. It’s the wrong thing to do for our citizens.”