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Trump tweets his political strategy in the Congressional battle over the fate of Obamacare


Trump tweets his political strategy in the Congressional battle over the fate of Obamacare

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."

Trump tweets his political strategy in the Congressional battle over the fate of Obamacare

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.
Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader

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.

President-elect Trump weighs in, part one:

Trump weighs in, part two:

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. 

Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Obamacare, calling it unaffordable.

But it has resulted in millions more people getting health insurance.

These people are sledding like they'll never repeal Obamacare

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