President Obama signaled his intent this week to become personally involved in coming Democratic efforts to save the Affordable Care Act from his successor’s promises to dismantle the widely unpopular law.
Obama will meet with congressional Democrats Wednesday to plot a strategy to protect his signature health care law when Congress convenes next week, a Capitol Hill source told Politico. The meeting reportedly will take place at 9 a.m. in the Congressional Visitors Center auditorium and includes both House and Senate participants.
“And one thing we have to do — repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare.”
“Beginning in January, it is likely that Republican leaders in Congress will follow through on their threats to ram through a budget bill that will severely undermine the health care needs of the American people,” incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote in a “Dear Colleague” letter earlier this week.
“The Affordable Care Act has been successful in meeting its goals of reducing cost, increasing access and improving quality of care,” Pelosi added.
Despite the rhetoric emanating from Democratic camps, there has been little in the way of proposals from liberals to fix the aspects of the law hurting millions of Americans. Republicans have pledged to repeal the law that continues to drive premiums higher and restrict options and replace it with legislation preserving its most popular elements.
“Obamacare is just blowing up,” Donald Trump said during a press conference in late October. “Obamacare has to be repealed and replaced — otherwise this country is in bigger trouble than anybody thought.”
“Step one is the Obamacare replacement legislation at the start of the year,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said of congressional Republicans’ plans for the new year.
Just a few weeks before Election Day, news broke that Obamacare premiums would skyrocket to an average of a 22 percent increase across the country. In Oklahoma, premiums rose a staggering 76 percent.
“And one thing we have to do — repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare,” Trump said during the final presidential debate in October. “It’s destroying our country. It’s destroying our businesses — our small businesses and our big businesses.”