As health-care legislation continues to stall, President Trump pitched a new idea in a tweet Friday morning, suggesting that the Senate could repeal the Affordable Care Act now and deal with replacing it later.
“If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!” the president tweeted from his personal account.
Doing so could leave in the lurch more than 20 million Americans who now have private health plans or Medicaid coverage under the ACA and would lose that insurance with no guarantee of any alternative. And the tweet seems to contradict Trump’s earlier promises that he would provide “insurance for everybody” and that he would repeal and replace Obamacare as soon as he took office.
At a meeting at the White House earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had threatened a different sort of Plan B: working with Democrats. A spokeswoman for McConnell declined to respond to a request for comment on the president’s tweet.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been calling for a repeal followed by an immediate replace for some time, and he responded to Trump’s tweet by saying: “I have spoken to @realDonaldTrump & Senate leadership about this and agree. Let’s keep our word to repeal then work on replacing right away.”
SOURCE: Jenna Johnson
The Washington Post