Trump plans to take executive actions on day one of entering the White House to start unwinding ObamaCare. House Republicans are working hard to get an ObamaCare repeal bill on President-elect Trump’s desk by Feb. 20, This target date was put forward by Diane Black (R-Tenn.), the incoming House Budget Committee Chairman. The announcement was made Wednesday by Vice-President Mike Pence.
“It will be an orderly transition to something better … using executive authority to ensure it’s an orderly transition. We’re working now on a series of executive orders that will enable that orderly transition to take place even as Congress appropriately debates alternatives to and replacements for ObamaCare.” Pence told reporters.
Sean Spicer, the new White House Press Secretary, told reporters Tuesday that Trump considers Inauguration day and “Day one” of his presidency.
“He is prepared and ready to go. As he’s said before, he wants to enact real change on day one. That will mean within hours of being sworn in. He put his team on notice that he expects nothing less than everyone getting right to work for the American people.” Spicer said.
Without a replacement for the broken Obamacare some Senate Republicans are uneasy with committing to repealing so quickly. Repealing Obamacare will effect Twenty million people. They stand to lose all health care coverage if ObamaCare is repealed and no replacement is available.
Lawmakers that are involved in the pending overhaul described the process of getting rid of Obamacare as a lengthy and deliberative process. Those in charge aim to minimize the shockwave to Americans as the nation’s healthcare system changes. “We have to make sure there’s a very effective transition going forward,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), “I’m hopeful that we can continue to lay out those pieces on a step-by-step basis through this year.”
“The devil is always in the details. What does repeal include? And what is the pace of replacement so that we can do it responsibly? It’s not going to be any kind of one-and-done process. It’ll be work that will go on for a period of time.” said Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.). “Healthcare will be better and less expensive when ObamaCare is repealed,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), head of the conservative Freedom Caucus. “I believe that.”
Conservatives in the caucus are hopeful and eager to get moving on the repeal, even if the replacement plan for health care is unclear. Almost anything would be better than Obamacare and Americas are anxious to see what Trump will do to fix this massive heathcare problem.