Vice President-Elect Mike Pence just dropped a bomb that outgoing President Obama certainly will not like, and may hurt him deeply. Obama gave particularly emphasis on his Obamacare policy during his transition meeting with President-Elect Donald Trump at the White House, two days after the election. Obama requested Trump to at least consider maintaining some parts of the policy.
As a measure of good will, Trump expressed his openness to retaining a few parts of the Affordable Care Act following the meeting with Obama. This gave rise to speculations that Trump may not repeal Obamacare after all. Obama appeared pleased with such potential development.
The incoming VP has fresh news for Obama, however. In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Pence said that, in fact, decisions have been reached by the President-Elect. Among the crucial decisions involves starting the repeal process for the ObamaCare as early as his first day in office.
“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”, Pence said.
The Republican VP-Elect has also revealed they have been meeting and planning closely with Congress for this purpose.
Trump has strongly criticized Obama’s Affordable Care Act describing it as a “tragedy” during the campaign and has vowed to do away with it if he wins in the election.
The two provisions of the health law Trump said he was open to retaining as a possible concession to the strong request of Obama are the prohibition against insurers denying coverage because of patients’ existing condition, as well as the provision that allows parents to provide years of additional coverage for their children on their insurance policies.
But looks like Obama’s heart as well those of some liberals supportive of ObamaCare will break as soon as Trump and Pence take over the White House leadership next year.
Because between an outgoing President’s requests and keeping their campaign promises that allowed them to score an amazing upset victory, looks like the Trump-Pence pair is more keen on keeping their word as Pence revealed they will also be working on other campaign promises such as immigration reforms, tax reforms and rebuilding the military, among others.