President-elect Donald Trump blasted Democrats for defending the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, in the face of Republicans' attempt to repeal the healthcare legislation.
“The Democrats, lead by head clown Chuck Schumer, know how bad ObamaCare is and what a mess they are in,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Instead of working to fix it, they...do the typical political thing and BLAME. The fact is ObamaCare was a lie from the beginning. 'Keep you doctor, keep your plan!' It is.... ...time for Republicans & Democrats to get together and come up with a healthcare plan that really works -- much less expensive & FAR BETTER!”
Republicans have already began an effort to officially repeal the Affordable Care Act by introducing a Senate resolution on Jan. 5. The resolution passed mostly along party lines, 51 to 48. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was the lone member of his party to vote against the measure because, he said, it increased federal debt by $9 trillion over 10 years.
“I won’t vote for a terrible budget just to repeal Obamacare,” Paul said, according to USA Today. “If I have to weigh the two problems, I actually think the debt is a more important problem than Obamacare.”
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But, with the potential repeal of Obamacare being such an important part of the GOP platform, other Republicans felt differently than Paul.
“Our votes in favor of the ‘Obamacare Repeal Resolution’ do not indicate in any way our support for the revenue, and deficit numbers therein, nor for the use of those numbers as the basis for future federal budgets,” Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Ted Cruz of Texas wrote in a letter to Republican leaders.
But Paul added one more reason he didn't vote for the measure: If an alternative is not put in place before Obamacare is repealed, repercussions could drastically impact the health insurance industry.
“If they don’t, Obamacare continues to unravel and there are many health care experts and analysts predicting bankruptcy for insurance companies and a massive insurance company bailout within six months of repeal,” Paul said, according to USA Today.