WATCH | Mike Pence makes the hard sell on the new health care legislation.
On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence continued to sell the House Republicans new health care bill, called the 'American Health Care Act,' that repeals and replaces ObamaCare with something more conservative. Pence believes the process for this bill is a stark contrast to the process the Affordable Care Act went through.
"Back in 2010 Obamacare was literally written in back rooms I remember speaker Nancy Pelosi at the time said we have to pass this bill to find out what’s in it," Pence said about the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
To Pence this legislation is Trump keeping his campaign promises.
“During the campaign and in this administration president Trump made a commitment to repeal and replace ObamaCare not with the taxes and mandates of that policy but with more consumer choice more resources and flexibility to the states for Medicaid and the legislation introduced this week reflects President Trump’s priorities,” Pence said.
Despite opposition from some conservatives, who call it "Obamacare-lite," Pence is confident that the legislation process will allow the new health care legislation to be a success not only at repealing Obama’s health care law but in replacing it with something he considers better.
“We’re very encouraged by the dialogue that’s underway but I think keeping our promise to repeal Obamacare is not all the President committed to do. As a candidate for president, President Trump said we are going to repeal and replace.”
Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act is a multi-step process according to Pence, “it will take more regulatory action and frankly it will likely take another bill this spring.”
Pence stressed that the new legislation is going through a very transparent process that allows for changes from Congress-- something he faults the Affordable Care Act for not allowing.
"What the American people are witnessing right now in the introduction of these bills in two key congressional committees is the legislative process at work congress will work its will. The president has indicated that this is the framework but we’re open to improvements," Pence concluded.