Trump directs GOP to replace Health Care Law quickly
Jan 11, 2017 12:36 PM EST
President-elect Donald Trump urged US Congress to immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act and pass a new health law quickly. His remarks put Republicans in the almost impossible position of having just a few weeks to replace a health law that took nearly two years to pass.
"We have to get to business," Donald Trump told The New York Times in an interview while saying that the Obamacare program has been a catastrophic event.
Mr. Trump was very clear on one point: Plans by congressional Republicans to repeal the health law now, then take years to create and implement a replacement law is simply unacceptable.
This law provides health care for 20 million Americans
Until now, Republicans could vote to repeal Obama's health law without fear that they would have to live with the consequences.The law that exists today. It provides health care for 20 million Americans and protects many people from discrimination for pre-existing medical conditions, ends lifetime caps on insurance coverage and it allows children to remain on their parents' insurance policies until reaching 26 years.
The schedule for action on that legislation is an unresolved question.
Democrats believe the Affordable Care Act is far from a death spiral
Congressional Democrats say that the Affordable Care Act is far from being in a "death spiral," and it is one of the best health laws since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.
The Obama administration reported on Tuesday that more than 11.5 million people nationwide had signed up for health insurance or had been re-enrolled, an increase of nearly 300,000 from this time last year.