President Barack Obama, trying to preserve his Affordable Care Act, told congressional Democrats on Wednesday to oppose Republican attempts to replace the law with “Trumpcare.”
He was referring to Donald Trump’s campaign promise to repeal Obamacare and create a new system in its place. The president-elect has disclosed few details about the reforms he will propose. He has vowed to make the issue his first priority after taking office later this month.
CNN reported that Obama pleaded with Democrats: “Don’t rescue” GOP leaders by helping them create a replacement for the system that has given health-insurance subsidies to about 25 million Americans who were previously not covered. The president railed against the Republicans’ intention to enact Trumpcare, according to some of the Democrats who met with Obama behind doors.
When the president left the room, he told reporters that the Democratic minority in the House and Senate will “look out for the American people” by trying to save the Affordable Care Act.
Also on Wednesday, Mike Pence sat down with Republican leaders at the Capitol to plan the ACA’s demise. “Make no mistake about it: We’re going to keep our promise to the American people - we’re going to repeal Obamacare and replace it with solutions that lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government,” the vice president-elect declared to reporters after the meeting.