Trump Prepares Executive Orders To Begin Obamacare Repeal On "Day One"

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With the Senate already having launched the process of repealing Obamacare when, as reported yesterday, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi released a 2017 budget resolution setting up the process to partially repeal Obamacare early in Donald Trump’s administration, on Wednesday vice president-elect Mike Pence met with Republican congressional leaders to plot the strategy of how to repeal Obama's signature healthcare law.

Speaking to House republicans, Pence said Trump plans to take executive actions to start unwinding ObamaCare on day one: "Our first order of business will be to repeal and replace ObamaCare," Pence told reporters, adding the process would begin "day one."

"The speaker of the house used the word ‘stable,’ and we will do that," Pence said at a news conference after a private meeting Wednesday with House Republicans. There’s a "broad range of idea on how to do this," he said, without giving details of what a replacement might look like.

The VP-elect added that “it will be an orderly transition to something better...using executive authority to ensure it’s an orderly transition. We’re working now on a series of executive orders that will enable that orderly transition to take place even as Congress appropriately debates alternatives to and replacements for ObamaCare.”

Rep. Chris Collins added that, "The president in his first day in office is going to do some level of executive orders related to ObamaCare," however he added that there were "no details whatsoever" on the orders discussed in the meeting. Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada said Pence had told Republican lawmakers that "we are mindful of disrupting the markets."

Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Tuesday that Trump considers Inauguration Day as "Day One" of his presidency: "He is prepared and ready to go. As he's said before, he wants to enact real change on day one. That will mean within hours of being sworn in," Spicer said. "He put his team on notice that he expects nothing less than everyone getting right to work for the American people."

Pence's call for an "orderly" transition comes as healthcare experts warn that the Republican strategy of repealing ObamaCare on a delay without an immediate replacement would cause chaos, leading to insurers dropping out of the market and people having few or no options for coverage.

At the same time, in a series of posts on Twitter, Trump urged fellow Republicans to assign blame to Obama's Democrats: "Republicans must be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases," Trump tweeted. "Don't let the Schumer clowns out of this web."

“Massive increases of ObamaCare will take place this year and Dems are to blame for the mess,” he added. ”It will fall of its own weight -- be careful!”

Despite Trump's eagerness to unwind Obamacare, Republicans will have obstacles to overcome. For one, they have not decided how long to delay the repeal of ObamaCare. Options floated range from two years to four years. Some Senate Republicans, meanwhile, are uneasy with the idea of repealing ObamaCare without a replacement immediately available. Roughly twenty million people stand to lose coverage if ObamaCare is repealed and no replacement materializes.

As The Hill notes, Senator Rand Paul this week became the latest Republican to call for simultaneous repeal and replace.

And while Republicans from Pence on down are clearly eager to get rid of ObamaCare, there is much more cautious enthusiasm among the GOP about crafting a healthcare policy to replace it. Lawmakers close to the pending overhaul described it as a lengthy and deliberative process, aimed to minimizing disruptions for Americans as the nation’s healthcare system changes.

“We have to make sure there’s a very effective transition going forward,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. “I’m hopeful that we can continue to lay out those pieces on a step-by-step basis through this year.”

“The devil is always in the details. What does repeal include, and what is the pace of replacement so that we can do it responsibly,” said Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.). “It’s not going to be any kind of one-and-done process. It’ll be work that will go on for a period of time.”

GOP lawmakers emerging from the meeting with Trump’s inner circle said no details for a replacement were discussed. Rep. Walter Jones equated the powwow to a “pep rally” aimed at boosting enthusiasm among Republicans for the job ahead.

Still, GOP conservatives in the caucus are clearly eager to get moving on repeal, even as a replacement continues to remain unclear. “Healthcare will be better and less expensive when ObamaCare is repealed,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), head of the conservative Freedom Caucus. “I believe that.”

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Meanwhile, in a bid to salvage a major piece of his political legacy, Obama is meeting on Wednesday with congressional Democrats, including U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, to discuss ways to counter Republican-led efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Obama met with House and Senate Democrats at the Capitol in the morning to talk about ways that Democrats can keep in place at least some parts of the divisive health-care law, the signature legislative accomplishment of Democrats during Mr. Obama’s eight years in office. Obama told Democrats that he takes responsibility for not having fully communicated the potential benefits of the health-care law, according to a Democratic aide.

“Despite the negativity you have a big chunk of the country that wants this thing to succeed,” the president said, according to the aide. “There are real lives at stake in this thing.”

Representative Louise Slaughter, a New York Democrat, told reporters Obama’s speech was "nostalgic" and that he spoke of the 20 million people who rely on Obamacare. He spoke of letters received from people who said they would have died without it, she said. She scoffed at the GOP’s repeal strategy, saying, "You wouldn’t think of tearing down a house before you have a new one." Asked whether she intends to work with Republicans on a replacement, she said no. 

"We don’t even think of repealing the law. Our job is to save the one we’ve got," Slaughter said.

Democratic Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio said the ball is in Republicans’ court on a replacement. "They’ve got to come up with a lot of answers if they repeal it," he said.

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Obama might have some success in preserving at least parts of Obamacare: Trump has vowed to protect some popular parts of the Obamacare law, such as barring insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions. But he wants to replace it with a system that is "much better and much less expensive," as he told Reuters on Oct. 25 after premium increases emerged in some healthcare markets.

A House Republican leadership aide said there are lots of Republican “ideas” but it was too early to know what will end up in replacement legislation.

Cited by Reuters, the American Medical Association doctors' group urged caution in making changes to Obamacare, which the organization supported. "In considering opportunities to make coverage more affordable and accessible to all Americans, it is essential that gains in the number of Americans with health insurance coverage be maintained," the AMA said in a letter to congressional leaders.

The AMA said before any action is taken on Obamacare policymakers should lay out for the American people "in reasonable detail what will replace current policies."

That, however, does not appear realistic if, indeed, Trump plans to issue an executive order in just 16 days beginning the process of undoing Obamacare.

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enfield0916's picture

Do it! Emergency room visits should not look like I spent a vacation at the Burj Al Arab!

Looney's picture


Paul Ryan WILL stab Trump in the back as soon as he gets a chance. AGAIN!

Trey Gowdy would’ve been a better Speaker. Oh, well… I hope he gets Justice Scalia’s seat.


Ski12568's picture

The questions is: Will Health care cost go down at all?

Jim Sampson's picture

But what about the poor Healthcare Companies?  Where will they get their guaranteed rape of the citizens from?  What about the Children? 


Keyser's picture

Silly rabbit, heathcare companies are like insurance companies and banks... Too big to fail and too big to jail, for the next 17 days anyway... 

BaBaBouy's picture

Wow ... Day One!
What A Uge Kick in The Butt For OB ~~~

BennyBoy's picture


Make all health insurance illegal. Watch health care costs plummet 80%.

ne14truth's picture

Smartest thingI have read all day. The REASON it costs so much is a direct result of the existience of insurance. Remove the INS industry, everyone knows it is a scam, everyone has know it for ever. Auto ins, health ins, home ins, flood, earthquake, its all a damn scam and should be removed from our life by law.

tazs's picture
tazs (not verified) ne14truth Jan 4, 2017 12:25 PM

Obamacare is a double-edged sword. It helps the lower income class while it sticks it to the middle class.

nmewn's picture

Repeal, replace and PROSECUTE! 

847328_3527's picture

<< The AMA said before any action is taken on Obamacare policymakers should lay out for the American people "in reasonable detail what will replace current policies." >>


Where were these AMA jackasses when Obama, Pelosi and Reid first forced it down American throats?!

garcam123's picture

The driver's seat.  If anyone thinks that Trump is going to do anything to remove the profits in the healthcare racket, you're the one smokin Hopium!  I'm just telling you that the Final Bigly end fucking of America is going to start in 17 days.  Ohumma beat us all down and now Trump is going to convert us to serfs once again. Bend over America..........

NumNutt's picture

They should just leave Obama care alone, just make it mandatory that to take advantage of it you must be a member of the democrat party. Also since it is such a wonderful program, only democrats will be mandated to pay for it.  win win....

post turtle saver's picture

that's easy, the AMA was _endorsing_ PPACA in spite of the fact that doctors weren't... hmm, why was that I wonder... could it be because only 15% of practicing doctors are members, and that they have a _monopoly_ on the CPT codebook and would make money hand over fist with mandated electronic health record handling under PPACA? Nawwwww, that couldn't _possibly_ have been it...

the AMA is fucking scum, if your doctor is a member I strongly recommend getting another doctor...

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) 847328_3527 Jan 4, 2017 1:26 PM

I believe that AMA was all for ObamaCare. How they thought that government run health care would help anyone but the government I'll never know.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

The AMA is a farce. Despite all of its bluster and lobbying muscle, it represents only 25% of the doctors in the US - and that number is dropping.

jimsoong25's picture

I have a friend who has a wife and 3 kids.  He makes about $35K a year.  He pays $1 per month for the Silver Plan.  However, virtually none of his medication is paid for.  Just one of his wife's medications is $600 per month, plus he has to pay for the doctor visit because of the high deductible.  Is it really helping the poor?  I think it's rationing healthcare because it makes the poor unable to afford healthcare.  And yes, it is a tax on the middle class because a cap is put on the cost for any one family.  This gives the rich a pass and they aren't using the plan anyway.  It was designed, from the outset, to damage the middle class.

FireBrander's picture

It's a "scam" until your house burns down, then it's "I', sure glad I have insurance".

Insurance isn't a scam; it's a bet against I going to crash my car, am I going to get sick?

Don't get rid of insurance, get rid of the GOVERNMENT paying the insurance, Medicare, ObamaCare, Medicaid...then insurance will cost what people can pay...and that's a lot less than what the government can pay...

ne14truth's picture

Smartest thingI have read all day. The REASON it costs so much is a direct result of the existience of insurance. Remove the INS industry, everyone knows it is a scam, everyone has know it for ever. Auto ins, health ins, home ins, flood, earthquake, its all a damn scam and should be removed from our life by law.

garcam123's picture

Yea! Uber could use another 30,000 drivers! Those insurance execs are cons just like the lawyers and the "tax" accountants.......make that Uber could use another 250,000 drivers!

therover's picture

I know Slick Willie quotes are down votes, but didn't he say we don't have a health care issue, we have a health INSURANCE issue.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) therover Jan 4, 2017 1:27 PM

We have a government fucking up the free market issue. Charity will take up what the free market can't/won't deal with.

toady's picture

Health insurance companies are 17% of GDP... and all those employees hitting unemployment at the same time?  YUGE!

stonehands's picture

You mean HealthInsurace Company...their idea is to LIMIT healthcare.

QQQBall's picture

Lower costs is the problem. OCare just codified a broken system. There are other systems around the world - we should pick one and model after it. The result might not be perfect, but our system is a disaster.

FireBrander's picture

National insurance plan that covers the basics with a small deductable to eliminate the "free" mentality; doctors office visits and all that common stuff.

Private insurance, or no insurance, to cover more than the basics.

Oh, if you chose not to buy insurance beyond the basic plan, then a SIGNED WAIVER that states you agree to go home and die if you can't pony up the money to save your sorry ass when soemthing goes horribly more..."you can't force me to buy insurance, but I can force you to pay for the care I need but can't afford".

Abaco's picture

You have it hackwards. The "basics" isn't insurance. End the employer deduction and let companiers sell catastrophic policies across state borders. 

ImReady's picture

Have you ever seen an insurance premium decrease? 

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

my life insurance decreased when I cancelled it. In hind site five more years of premiums and my wife would have hit the jackpot. Whatever....fuck em...they got all the easy money for the first 30 years....selling fear

BarkingCat's picture

Yes, when I switched carriers.

detached.amusement's picture

haha, I'm all yeah, when I got d-

wait a minute, it was cheaper for the bitch to have kept her own insurance that whole time, so it wound up being one less hassle to deal with...

in correction, the only time I ever saw a premium decrease was when I lost a job forever ago and had no premium to pay.

FireBrander's picture

The only way to get a decrease is to switch companies often...they lure you in with a low rate then start ramping it ~6 months later...

My current home/car insurance is $50 less than it was 5 years ago..switched companies three times to achieve this...that's why companies offer "loyalty discounts" want a discount, give the competition a try.

The last time I switched, I gave an agent my current plan/cost...said they couldn't beat it...I said thanks anyway..and few months later, letter in the mail...whadda ya know, they can beat my current rate.

Switching companies is so easy now...pain in the ass years back...but now just give them some basic info about you, the VIN of the car and DL number, address of the house and they instantly give you a solid quote...I can switch companies in less than 20 minutes easy.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Not until the monopolies are Sherman Acted, reimportation bans are lifted, and plant are no longer illegal.

E.F. Mutton's picture

Bet on it.  He and Gollum McConnell are anything but "allies"

BarkingCat's picture

I thought his nickname is turtle.

enfield0916's picture

Always be skeptical of a person with 2 first names. Never know which one is saying something and the other is doing the opposite!

Croesus's picture

Thank God the Obama-nation known as Obamacare will soon be gone...

847328_3527's picture



1) Repeal Obamacare;

2) Lock her up;

3) Make America Great Again!

Raffie's picture


President Trump is going to mess up the scam. How unAmerican of him.

NumberNone's picture

Trump should paraphrase Pelosi 'You have to repeal it before you get to see what replaces it'.

Jethro Dull's picture

Ahmen to that. Had to go to the emergency room in one of the two small county "hospitals" here. Place has 6 beds, but, it's got a Starbucks , marble floors, and nurses that look like they were hired from the Gentleman's club.

They suck up the medicare, medicaid, and military "health care" dollars, then, fleece people like me who really need service.

It's like a vacation at a 5 star for the welfare crowd.

Who needs a 6 bed hospital, when, there are major medical facilities nearby anyway? Like I said, marble floors, Starbucks, nurses... It's a tit club with doctors. 

For four hours, I got an unecessary MRI, and, plenty of good boob rubbing, as they drew blood repeatedly like vampires. After they took all my blood --- I made them stop after the 3rd draw ----  they then drained me of my money.

Two medical companies fought to build a hospital here. After a long court battle, we ended up with both. 

For decades we got by with a few doctor offices, and, the large hospitals adjacent on each side of this small county. Talk about mal-investment to enrich a cartel... The only thing they didn't do was cure me or lap dance.


847328_3527's picture

Well, someone has to pay for all the no-payers on Obamacare copper plan and that patsy is the American middle class and small business owners who Soweeto, Piglosi and Reed screwed hard and deep for 8 years.

groaner's picture
groaner (not verified) enfield0916 Jan 4, 2017 12:41 PM

Obama did one thing right... We hoaxed some people..  sold more guns then ever

BarkingCat's picture

Fuck Amazon.

Is there a Barns and Noble version??

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Fuck Amazon.

Is there a Barns and Noble version??

Doubtful. He's been spamming the fuck out of it for the past week so my guess is that he's a bot being run by some guy with an ebook on Amazon.

bh2's picture

"He's making a list, and checking it twice.
Gonna find out who's naughty or nice."

Sorry. Just couldn't resist.

shankster's picture

Throw BHO-Care out, close the borders, shut down the DHS, the EPA, the TSA, reign in the CIA. Repeal the 16th & 17th Amendments and close the Fed.


Problems solved! And America will then be on road to recovery.