Pence says Trump plans to repeal ACA right 'out of the gate'
President-elect Donald Trump has decided repealing the ACA will officially be among his top priorities when he takes office, Vice President-elect Mike Pence told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
"Decisions have been made by the President-elect that he wants to focus out of the gate on repealing Obamacare and beginning the process of replacing Obamacare with the kind of free market solutions that he campaigned on," Mr. Pence said on Fox News.
The Trump-Pence transition team has been working with congressional leaders from both political parties to move Mr. Trump's "aggressive policy agenda" forward, Mr. Pence said. This weekend Mr. Pence met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., according to the interview.
Later on the show, Fox News spoke with Sen. Schumer, who said the ACA is one of the issues on which Democrats plan to "oppose [Mr. Trump] tooth and nail." Sen. Schumer said Mr. Trump would not be successful in his efforts to repeal the healthcare reform law.
"He won't be able to do it, because now even he, after his meeting with President Obama, said, 'Oh, I want to keep the good things.' Well, you can't keep the good things without keeping [the] ACA," Sen. Schumer told Fox News.
Scott Becker, publisher of Becker's Hospital Review, says it is still unclear if Mr. Trump can or will be able to push through an ACA repeal. "It's a fascinating statement because it's not clear Republicans have the votes to repeal this without making complicated accommodations on a few levels, particularly for preexisting conditions and some funding issues," Mr. Becker says.
After repealing the ACA, the Trump administration plans to prioritize immigration laws, tax reform, military reinforcement and infrastructure improvements, according to Mr. Pence.
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