Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence said today that he and President-Elect Donald Trump will ensure the repeal of Obamacare.
“Make no mistake about it,” Pence told reporters after meeting with GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill. “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 reality is that I was here in March of 2010 in another capacity when Obamacare was signed into law,” Pence said alongside other GOP leaders including House Speaker Paul Ryan. “I remember all those promises. We were told that if you like your doctor, you can keep it. Not true.”
Congress is expected to vote quickly after President-elect Donald Trump takes office to repeal Obamacare, the pro-abortion government-run health care program. Trump has vowed to repeal President Obama’s controversial program and a Republican-led Congress is on board.
The word today is that Trump will not wait for the Congressional vote but will repeal portions of Obamacare immediate via executive order — at least the parts he has legal authority to overturn. From the Washington Times:
President-elect Trump will use executive orders to unravel parts of Obamacare as Congress works to repeal the law, according to Republicans who met Wednesday morning with Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
Pence and Trump aides, including Kellyanne Conway and Reince Prebius, met Wednesday morning with the House Republican Conference about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. They offered few new details about Trump’s priorities, instead reiterating his commitment to replacing the law with something else, according to Republicans who were in the room.
But the Trump team did say the president-elect will use his executive authority as he can to ditch parts of the law Republicans don’t like. Executive actions will be a “key role of all of this,” said Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.
“Since this president, Obama, used the pen and the phone to enact legislation to go around the checks and balances of the Constitution, they’re going to restore the checks and balances of the Constitution by removing those executive actions,” Brady told reporters.
Democrats, on the other hand, are still stubbornly clinging to the system that’s put America on a path to economic implosion.
“We’re not going to repeal or help [Trump] repeal Obamacare,” new Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) vowed.
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But it will take more than tough talk to stop the repeal process. With the GOP still holding the slimmest of Senate majorities, undoing the bulk of Obamacare with just 51 votes can be accomplished through the rare but effective budget reconciliation process.
Leading pro-life groups want Planned Parenthood defunding added to the reconciliation bill to repeal Obamacare.
“Republicans managed the feat last year, sending a bill to the president’s desk that not only hollowed out the health care law but also defunded the lion’s share of taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. Despite the ongoing scandals at Cecile Richards’s group and the gloomy forecast for Obamacare, the president vetoed the package, making him solely responsible for the forced partnership between taxpayers and the culture of death. This time around, the White House’s pens will be used for a different purpose — to sign the proposal into law,” says Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council.
If House and Senate leaders follow the path of 2015, they’ll draft a bill to repeal significant portions of Obamacare’s most onerous provisions, like the premium subsidies for health plans in exchanges (which would also stop subsidies for health care plans with abortion!), and end the financial penalties for the individual mandate and employer mandate. Although it wouldn’t upend the HHS mandate, the pre-existing conditions requirement, or some other insurance market reforms, it decimates Obamacare, leaving a shell that would almost immediately force the system’s collapse. If people aren’t forced to buy insurance (individuals or employers) then the law is effectively unraveled — and if the subsidy rug is pulled out from under it, then insurers will begin to design their own plans.
As far as America’s largest abortion business is concerned, the reconciliation approach would cut about 80 percent of Planned Parenthood’s government funding since they receive roughly $400 million a year in mandatory programs like Medicaid, Medicare, and SCHIP. Instead, that money would be redirected to community health care clinics that don’t perform abortions but do offer effective, honest, and comprehensive care for women.
In a letter to congressional leaders, FRC stressed the need to use the same blueprint:
“With a pro-life president and pro-life majorities in the House and Senate in 2017, Congress should again pass these provisions in a new budget reconciliation bill and send it to President-elect Donald Trump for signature into law. Then, President-elect Trump can follow through on his firm pro-life campaign promises regarding the repeal of Obamacare and ‘defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.’” The pro-life community stands united in its desire to see legislation signed into law to stop funding for abortion providers and to remove Obamacare provisions which subsidize plans with elective abortion coverage.”