After the election victory, Republican lawmakers vowed that they wouldn’t waste a single day to repeal and replace Obamacare. Trump appeared to be in a hurry too, as he announced in last week’s news conference that the replacement could be “the same day, or even the same hour.”
Mr. Trump told The Washington Post in the weekend interview that he’s putting final touches to the Obamacare replacement plan that will cover “insurance for all.”
The Republicans vowed to repeal the important health care law seven years ago, and even after seven years, they haven’t revealed any replacement plan. In light of this, some Republicans have tried to slow down the process until a proper replacement plan is unveiled.
Mr. Trump also told the Post that he would make the drug companies negotiate directly with Medicare and Medicaid and lower their prices, claiming they will not be “politically protected” anymore.
Trump didn’t provide complete details on how he will accomplish the promise mentioned above, noting the fact that his nominee for Health Secretary, Tom Price is yet to be confirmed. Mr. Price appears before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Wednesday, but his crucial hearing before the Senate Finance Committee is yet to be scheduled.
Trump’s interview comes right after Congress took the first step to dismantling the Affordable Care Act. A budget resolution passed in the House which would repeal significant portions of the Obamacare.
Trump is promising big; his insurance plan will cover more people and cost less.
“We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you can’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.“
He also added that you could expect a much better health care plan which will be simplified and not as expensive as Obamacare.
During the election campaign, Trump had promised that he would introduce a plan that would take care of everybody, and Americans “can’t die on the street.” He had also promised that he would fight to get permission for Medicare to negotiate drug prices. He also acknowledged that these were not Republican things to say.
Five GOPs in the Senate introduced an amendment to the budget resolution which would extend the deadline by which the reconciliation bill is to be crafted – from January 27 to March 3. Although the date is symbolic, it sends a clear message that more time is needed.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has said that the time between the repeal vote and Congress consideration of a replacement plan will not be much, but he only confirmed that action would be taken in the first 100 days of Trump administration, without giving any timeline of the completion.
Although lawmakers in Trump’s party are going wary of acting too quickly, he seems determined and is putting pressure on Republicans to help him keep up to his campaign promise as fast as possible.
“The Congress can’t get cold feet because the people will not let that happen.”