At his news conference yesterday, President-elect Trump called on Congress to immediately begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, and replacing it. Republican leadership aides claimed to be on board with the process but there is considerable doubt that trying to implement a swift replacement is feasible.
U.S. Sen Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued a statement on the 51-48 FY 2017 Budget Resolution vote by the Senate, which would begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without providing a viable replacement:
“Anybody who thinks it is a good idea to repeal the ACA without even the hint of a viable replacement plan does not understand how markets work. The uncertainty created by this flawed, political strategy will fundamentally destabilize the healthcare system,” Warner said. “More than 20 million Americans will be left in the lurch, including nearly 700,000 Virginians. There is a smarter way to do this, and I have long advocated for targeted, commonsense improvements to the ACA that will reduce costs and ease requirements on employers. But this “show vote” to repeal it without a plan to replace it is bad for businesses, bad for Virginians, and will bring chaos to the healthcare market.”