During a speech on July 18, Vice President Mike Pence called on Republicans in the Senate to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan (video below).
Pence made his declaration while speaking to the National Retail Federation’s annual Retail Advocates Summit in Washington, D.C., notes RawStory.
Pence began his speech by bragging about the many regulations Trump has gotten rid of, one of which includes rolling back clean water protections, reported The Associated Press in June.
Pence went on to blame the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, for high premiums that are set by insurance companies and state regulators. Pence also blamed the ACA for the choice of some insurance companies not to offer plans in some parts of the country.
Pence also blamed the ACA for the choice of insurance companies to cancel existing plans, instead of changing the plans to bring them into compliance with the law's rules. When the insurance companies chose to cancel their plans, he says many people lost their doctors.
Pence announced that the Republicans could not come up with a replacement plan on July 17, so he called on them to repeal Obamacare now and come up with a plan later.
"President [Donald] Trump and I fully support the majority leader's decision to move forward with a bill that just removes Obamacare and gives Congress time, as the president said, to work on a new health care plan that will start with a clean slate," Pence stated.
The Republicans have had since Jan. 20 to come up with a replacement plan.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky blamed Democrats after the GOP bill failed, despite having a 52-seat Republican majority to pass the 50-vote threshold needed, notes RawStory. Like Pence, McConnell called for a repeal of Obamacare without any replacement plan.
Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia tweeted on July 18: "I cannot vote to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan that addresses my concerns and the needs of West Virginians."
HuffPost notes that a "repeal-and-delay" bill, which Pence and McConnell support, would cause 18 million Americans to become uninsured within about a year, and 32 million to lose their insurance in 10 years, according to numbers from the Congressional Budget Office. Insurance premiums would likely increase immediately by 20 percent to 25 percent, while premiums would double by 2026.
HuffPost adds that this plan to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan is a proposal from 2015 that would immediately stop the individual mandate to buy insurance, and, two years later, would end tax credits for those who buy their own coverage. It would also get rid of federal matching funds that states currently get for expanding their Medicaid programs to low-income Americans.