President-elect Donald Trump warned congressional Republicans to “be careful” with plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, as President Obama is slated to meet with House and Senate Democrats Wednesday to discuss ways to save the beleaguered legislation.
Trump tweeted out Wednesday morning at 8:55 a.m. Eastern time that: “Republicans should be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases….”
Republicans must be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
Trump repeatedly promised during his presidential campaign to “ repeal and replace ” Obamacare in his first term. Since the election, Trump is hinting that he may keep certain portions of the healthcare law intact, like the pre-existing conditions clause and provisions allowing those under 26 years of age to remain on their parents’ insurance. (RELATED: Repealing Itself? Only Four of 24 Obamacare Co-Ops Remain Open)
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said that the Republican Party’s first priority would be to repeal and replace Obamacare. “Well, the first bill we’re going to be working on is our ObamaCare legislation,” Ryan told “60 Minutes” in December. “I don’t know the answer to that right now. What we know is we have to make good on this promise. We have to bring relief as fast as possible to people who are struggling under ObamaCare,” Ryan said.
Republican leadership is signaling their intent to take things slow enough to ensure that any move to repeal and replace Obamacare is done correctly. “There’s just going to be hearings. The Democrats spent a lot of time screwing up the economy and screwing up healthcare, and it’s going to take us a lot of time trying to rectify it,” a leading House conservative, Representative Raul Labrador, told reporters.
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