Most Americans Don't Want ACA Ended Without Replacement

Most Americans Don't Want ACA Ended Without Replacement

"I think the issue here is the impact on people's lives", Democratic Senator Jack Reed said.

Republicans are eager to stick to their campaign promises and scrap the law, but some are anxious about doing so without a plan to ensure that the millions of Americans who are now covered by the law do not lose coverage.

According to multiple Republican members of Congress who attended the meeting on Obamacare repeal there was "no details whatsoever" on the orders they will use to repeal the law and there was nothing having to do with placing the law discussed in the meeting. "And do you have a replacement?"

A GOP replacement plan that maintains protections for people with preexisting conditions without requiring the individual mandate for insurance that's now in place would cause premiums to rise and cost millions of Americans their coverage, Obama said.

While Obama did not ask the Democrats to block all attempts to alter the law, he warned them against "rescuing" Republicans by defecting on votes that would dismantle it, the New York Times reported. He also referred to Schumer as a "clown."

Pence, however, said the 2016 election was a rebuke of the Affordable Care Act. Delegate Neil Parrot says the repeal could be a process depending on what state you're in. They want to encourage uninsured Americans to sign up for Obamacare coverage or renew their policies. Revoking the tax increases in Obamacare - a key part of the repeal - would make it impossible to finance these subsidies. "That it doesn't work a hardship on this economy", Pence said. "They can repeal, but they have nothing to put in its place".

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Senate Republicans on Tuesday, the first day of the 115th Congress, took the first legislative steps to repeal the law.

A House Republican leadership aide said there are lots of Republican "ideas" but it was too early to know what will end up in replacement legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for a "repeal and delay" strategy.

"They could rename the Affordable Care Act "TrumpCare, ' 'McConnellCare" or 'RyanCare, '" President Obama said. "We are so thankful that we have a new administration coming that had the wisdom to listen and the courage to lead". He sought to lay the groundwork for Democrats to pile on Republicans for taking health care away from millions of people if the replacement never materializes.

Democrats responded to the President by promising aggressive resistance, claiming they would not participate in drafting a replacement law.

Handouts distributed by a team representing Vice President-elect Mike Pence emphasized that Democrats should shoulder political responsibility for any disruptive changes that come from repeal of the PPACA. During the Democratic press conference, a placard carrying their new anti-repeal rallying cry, "Make America Sick Again" was placed front-and-center. Paul and two others are concerned that Republicans haven't said yet how they would replace the health insurance scheme after repeal, with one of them also opposing the plan to defund Planned Parenthood as part of the repeal.