(NationalSentinel) On Tuesday Vice President-elect Mike Pence said when his boss gets to the Oval Office, he will use executive orders to unwind portions of the Affordable Care Act, even as Congress begins the process of repealing the damaging law that has made health coverage unaffordable for tens of millions of Americans.
As reported by The Hill, congressional majority Republicans said they planned to have an Obamacare repeal measure on Trump’s desk by Feb. 20. But Pence said the new president won’t wait that long to begin taking steps to dismantle the law.
“It will be an orderly transition to something better … using executive authority to ensure it’s an orderly transition,” Pence told reporters. “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.”
Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer, meanwhile, 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.”
Not surprisingly, The Hill is putting the Leftist spin on this process:
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.
The fact is insurers have already begun ‘dropping out of the market,’ quite simply because they are losing billions of dollars via the state Obamacare exchanges. As for people having few or no options, that, too, is already happening–all under Obamacare as it currently stands. So how could anything the Republicans do make things worse?
Besides, repealing and replacing Obamacare with a system of competitive solutions for insurers, hospitals, healthcare providers and clinics is not only long overdue but something Trump ran on during his campaign. And he won partly based on this notion.
The Left will continue to portray the Trump administration’s plans to get rid of this albatross around the necks of American businesses and consumers as a chaotic nightmare, but when all is said and done the system will recover from the destruction Obama and Democrats wrought.
As for the current president, the ever-petulant Barack Obama has implored Democrats not to “rescue” Republicans once they implement “Trumpcare.” That is a message that is likely to go over well with the Republican majority, after seeing what a mess Obama and his Democratic Party made of healthcare during his tenure.