UPDATE 1:49 p.m. EST: As he left his meeting with Democrats, Obama told reporters his message to Democrats was: "Look out for the American people."
WATCH | Meanwhile, Pence said the "first order of business" was repealing Obamacare. He later dodged a question about Trump repeating a claim by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange regarding Russia's involvement in the DNC hacks.
President Obama and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will both be meeting with members of their respective political parties in Congress today, with diametrically opposite goals: Obama will be trying to rally Democrats to save the Affordable Care Act, while Pence will huddle with Republicans to expedite the law's repeal and replacement.
A majority of Americans have a negative view of Obamacare, Kaiser Health reports. But Obama will focus on its most popular elements, such as preventing insurers from rejecting people with pre-existing conditions.
Want to know why they don't have a replacement? They don't have the votes for a replacement.
Repealing Obamacare may also pose a risk to Medicare. The ACA was paid for in part by cutting Medicare payment to doctors, so repealing it could mean Medicare runs out of money faster.
Additionally, Democrats are betting that it will be harder than Republicans expect to come up with an adequate replacement plan, USA Today reports.
Republicans must be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
President-elect Trump weighs in, part one:
like the 116% hike in Arizona. Also, deductibles are so high that it is practically useless. Don't let the Schumer clowns out of this web...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
Trump weighs in, part two:
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
Trump weighs in, part three:
The GOP plan
Meanwhile, the Republicans released a plan to avoid filibusters and ensure the repeal goes through, as long as the party stays united.
The Republican Study Committee will release its latest version of a plan to replace Obamacare on Wednesday.
Past proposals have included eliminating Obamacare's tax subsidies and using tax deductions instead. Healthcare coverage would come with a work requirement.
The Democrat Governor.of Minnesota said "The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is no longer affordable!" - And, it is lousy healthcare.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Obamacare, calling it unaffordable.
But it has resulted in millions more people getting health insurance.
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