For the past few days the Republicans in Congress have been going back and forth about a time table for getting rid of the Affrdable Healthcare Laaw know as Obamacare….
Donald Trump just threw a wrench in things….
He wants his adopted party to tackle the issue ‘very quickly’….
(His spokesperson had said the Republicans would NOT change things until 2019…And Trump has stood by a pledge to NOT change Socila Security and Medicare)
Republicans on Capitol Hill are in disarray about how to repeal Obamacare and President-elect Donald Trump’s call on Tuesday to enact a replacement “very quickly” did nothing to clear up the turmoil.
Trump told The New York Times that he wants a repeal to happen within days and “the replace will be very quickly or simultaneously, very shortly thereafter.”
The statement took lawmakers on Capitol Hill by surprise. Many had hoped Trump would weigh in. But while he made his intentions clearer, his comments didn’t exactly offer a roadmap. Some even scoffed at the notion that repeal and replace could technically happen that soon, given the procedural and policy hurdles.
“That would be pretty fast. It’s possible,” said Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch. “I don’t know that it will happen, but it could.”
The compressed timeline flies in the face of what Republicans had planned: a relatively quick vote on a budget, a fairly quick turn to repealing crucial parts of Obamacare and then, by year’s end, passage of a replacement plan.
But groups of GOP lawmakers began raising concerns — about a budget that doesn’t balance, the length of the transition period and the risk of not having a replacement ready for the 20 million people now covered under the Affordable Care Act.
Replacement is trickier: Republicans have to agree on a detailed plan, not just a set of market-oriented concepts. And they have to bring at least eight Senate Democrats on board. Failure to move ahead could leave the health system in unsustainable limbo…..
The Democrats are watching this whole unfold….
Knowing that somewhere along the line Republicans will need Democratic help to legislate a replacement for the Healthcare Law without putting tens of millions of Americans out of health insurance and wrecking just about every state’s budget by changing Medicaid payments….Oh, and upending the countrues Insurance industry….
“There’s a little bit of onus on the president-elect,” Schumer told reporters on Capitol Hill. “What’s his replacement plan? He doesn’t seem to have one either, so it’s sort of a little like Abbott and Costello. Each of them says, ‘We must repeal and replace’ and then says, ‘You come up with the plan,’” Schumer said, pointing two fingers in opposite directions for effect.
On Monday, half a dozen Republican senators called for slowing down the repeal process. Five of them proposed an amendment that would give committees until March 3 to come up with recommendations for repeal legislation, pushing back the original, nonbinding Jan. 27 deadline. Schumer laughed at the idea that Democrats would support such an amendment even if it meant every stage of the repeal process would be delayed by roughly one month.
“The Republicans have created this stew that they’re in,” Schumer said. “They can debate among themselves but they have to be united on a plan. We’re not going to get into these internecine fights, that’s their business.”….
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