Obama tells Democrats to not rescue Republicans from 'Trumpcare'
As President Obama's last term comes to a close, he has a strong message for fellow Democrats left with a minority in both the House and Senate: "Don't rescue" Republicans on Obamacare.
Later in the day, Republicans huddled on Capitol Hill to plan out their takedown and replacement of Obamacare. Vice President-elect Mike Pence told the press, "Make no mistake about it: We're going to keep our promise to the American people — we're going to repeal Obamacare and replace it with solutions that lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government," CNN reports.
UPI reports President Obama also told Democrats to start referring to the Affordable Care Act — nicknamed Obamacare — as Trumpcare while Republicans hurriedly work to come up with new solutions.
But Trump seemed to see through this, taking to Twitter to say, "Republicans must be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases... 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. ... 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!"
UPI reports that just 30 minutes later Senator Chuck Schumer shot back at the president-elect on Twitter, tweeting, "Republicans should stop clowning around with America's health care. Don't #MakeAmericaSickAgain."
The political fight over the Affordable Care Act is not what Obama envisioned for his legacy program. In fact, according to UPI, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told the press Obama had welcomed suggestions from the other side of the aisle in the past, "The president has long been open to the idea that if there are Republicans who are genuinely interested in reforming the Affordable Care Act in a way that would strengthen the program, the president would be strongly supportive of that effort ... But, that's not what Republicans have."
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Pence have said they couldn't just repeal the bill since it has undoubtedly helped many — including people suffering from preexisting conditions. That's why the Republican majority in the House and Senate are vowing to replace it.
As of last month, the Department of Health and Human Services reported that the federal exchange saw an increase of 400,000 people from last year. The DHHS also noted that there are 12.7 million people in the marketplace as of 2016 — with another roughly 8 million Americans covered through the Medicaid expansion, the program that lets children under 26 stay on their parents plan, and other health insurance coverage.