Vice President-elect Mike Pence told Republicans on Wednesday that Donald Trump intends to sign executive orders to repeal the Affordable Care Act on his first day in office and the hell with a replacement plan.
According to Politico, Pence “said the Trump transition team is already working on executive orders to ensure a ‘smooth transition’ out of Obamacare — but Congress will still need to pass legislation to help in the process. He did not specify what those executive orders may look like, but Collins said Pence suggested those orders could be signed as early as Trump’s first day in office.”
“We’re working out right now with the White House staff and in concert with legislative leadership a two-track approach to ensuring that it is an orderly transition as the president-elect has directed,” Pence said of the repeal effort.
Republicans admitted after the meeting that the repeal won’t be orderly at all. They have absolutely no alternate plan, despite eight years of attempts to destroy Obamacare.
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) January 4, 2017
Of course, that wasn’t all Pence had to say, either. He also told Republicans that they need to make sure the American people know “the truth,” that Democrats are to blame for anything wrong with the country’s healthcare laws. Naturally.
Trump echoed these sentiments in a series of tweets on Wednesday, warning Republicans that they should make sure that they take no responsibility for shortcomings of the health law.
“Republicans must be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases……like the 116% hike in Arizona,” Trump tweeted, adding, “Also, deductibles are so high that it is practically useless. Don’t let the Schumer clowns out of this web…massive increases of ObamaCare will take place this year and Dems are to blame for the mess. It will fall of its own weight – be careful!”
Meanwhile, Obama met with Democrats to discuss their own battle plan for saving Obamacare, although, there isn’t much they can do with Trump in the White House and Republicans having the majority in both the House and Senate. The president advised his fellow Dems to always “look out for the American people.”
Obama said that Democrats have to make sure the consequences of repealing the ACA without a viable replacement are well known. He noted that “tearing it down is relatively easy but tearing this down without harming tens of millions of people is incredibly hard.”
“You should be proud of what we did,” Obama added. “Don’t take any glee in their screwing it up.”
Updated to add video of Mike Pence’s remarks:
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