After a meeting with GOP lawmakers on Wednesday, Vice President-elect Mike Pence assured reporters that the party will keep its campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“Make no mistake about it,” Pence said at a press conference. “We’re going to keep our promise to the American people — we’re going to repeal Obamacare and replace it with solutions that lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government.”
Pence had told congressional Republicans to assure the American people that they are simply trying to clean up the Democrat’s healthcare mess. Meanwhile, President Obama met with House and Senate Democrats and urged them not to “rescue” the GOP by allowing them the votes to pass a replacement bill, which Obama referred to as “something worse.”
During the press conference, Pence spoke about when he served in Congress at the time of Obamacare’s passage.
“The reality is that I was here in March of 2010 in another capacity when Obamacare was signed into law,” Pence said with other GOP leaders beside him. “I remember all those promises. We were told that if you like your doctor, you can keep it. Not true.”
Neither Pence nor Speaker Ryan spoke about the specifics of a replacement bill. Ryan only commented that they do not intend to “pull the rug out” from anyone by suddenly taking away their health insurance coverage.
The Vice President-elect also told House Republicans that the Trump administration does not intend to have a gap period in which the millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will have to go without coverage. Pence said that he and the President-elect intend to work with congress to repeal the current law and pass a replacement simultaneously.
Both Obama and Pence’s meetings discussed with their respective party leaders how to sell their healthcare plans to the voters.