Trump: GOP needs to get serious about Obamacare repeal
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President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the Republican Party needs to take a serious look at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, even if that means throwing out some key provisions.
Trump told reporters he would like to “go in and find out” how much the law will cost consumers and said Republicans would have to find ways to get more money for the poor, sick and disabled.
The president, who campaigned on a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, also said that he is “very confident” that Republicans would be able to pass their version of the legislation by the end of the month.
“We’re going to be getting that done,” Trump said, adding that he would look for a plan to replace the Affordable Court with a smaller version.
“We’re not going to do it by Thanksgiving.
We’re going do it, we’re going get it done, and we’ll get it passed by Thanksgiving.”
But some Republicans in the House are concerned that Trump’s plans to repeal Obamacare will lead to higher premiums, and that a new bill that would replace the law with a less expensive alternative could lead to premiums rising further.
The GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act would be a disaster for people with pre-existing conditions, it would raise premiums, it will make health care unaffordable for millions of Americans, and it will create more health insurance scams, Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., said in a statement.
Trump said in his remarks Tuesday that he was looking forward to working with House Republicans.
He said, “We have a great plan, but we need to be serious about it.”
“I have to tell you, I’m not going in and finding out,” Trump added.
“It’s not going well.”
The president said Republicans are also looking at ways to fix the federal government, including ending the federal payments that help states with Medicaid expansion and eliminating the Federal Reserve’s ability to raise interest rates.
The House of Representatives is expected to pass the first version of a health care bill, known as the American Health Care and Tax Cuts Reconciliation Act, on Wednesday, and Trump will sign it on Thursday.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the Republican Party needs to take a serious look at repealing and replacing the…