NEW YORK – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump called on Congress to repeal immediately the healthcare program known as Obamacare and quickly introduce a replacement plan.
In an interview with The New York Times, Trump denounced Obamacare as “catastrophic” and trusted that Congress will end it in the coming days.
“The replace,” according to Trump, “will be very quickly or simultaneously, very shortly thereafter,” and he would consider it “long” if took more than a couple of weeks.
The president-elect’s message came as some of his party’s lawmakers questioned the sense of repealing Obamacare without having another plan ready to replace it.
Others have been in favor of revoking it, but keeping it provisionally operative until another system is negotiated.
Meanwhile, Republicans have enough votes to disable the program, but would need the support of some Democrats to pass a new healthcare law.
In his Times interview, Trump warned Democrats about the risk of trying to oppose the change, particularly senators in states where they must run for reelection in 2018.
“I won some of those states by numbers that nobody has seen. I will be out there campaigning (against them),” he said.
The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, was one of the signature achievements of the Barack Obama administration and has provided health insurance for millions of Americans who could never afford it.
The plan, however, has always been opposed by Republicans, and Trump promised during his campaign to get rid of it.
Since Trump’s victory at the polls, his transition team has made it clear on several occasions that as soon as the magnate occupies the White House, he will use his executive powers to start dismantling the law.
As the presidential transition team’s spokesman Sean Spicer reported, Trump has reserved several hours this Tuesday for analyzing with his closest advisers issues associated with healthcare programs.