President Barrack Obama is set to leave office and become a private citizen in less than three weeks, meaning that Republicans will be taking over the House, the Senate, and the White House. And as they have promised for so long, they will be repealing Obamacare. But what does that mean for the American people with health insurance? Will they lose their coverage?
Obama made a visit to Capitol Hill Wednesday to speak to Democratic lawmakers with a mission and a message. His plan is to rescue the affordable care act he started in 2010. In the closed-door meeting, the President urged fellow Democrats to not “rescue” Republicans by helping them pass replacement measures, according to sources in the room.
Republicans don’t have any specifics on what they will replace Obamacare with and are feeling the pressure. Obama referred to the GOP’s plan as “Trumpcare.”
As the meeting between Democrats was going on, Republicans also held a closed door meeting on Capitol Hill. Mike Pence told reporters after the meeting, “Make no mistake about it: We’re going to keep our promise to the American people — we’re going to repeal Obamacare and replace it with solutions that lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government.”
Democrats are planning ways to pressure Republicans to keep the law intact while making sure that the GOP is held responsible for any disruptions in health coverage.
Pence, who was a congressman before serving as Indiana’s governor, recalled his time in the House and accused Democrats of breaking the promises made at the time.
“The reality is that I was here in March of 2010 in another capacity when Obamacare was signed into law,” Pence said alongside other GOP leaders including House Speaker Paul Ryan. “I remember all those promises. We were told that if you like your doctor, you can keep it. Not true.”
The GOP’s plan to repeal Obamacare could leave many Americans without healthcare and that is the biggest concern. Obama emphasized on the benefits of Obamacare during his meeting, arguing that the majority of the country benefits from the law and that he has received countless letters thanking him for the affordable care.
As Obama was walking out after the meeting and passed by a pool of reporters he delivered the Democratic Party’s message, “Look out for the American people.”