The U.S. Senate will take its first steps toward repealing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform act by the end of the week, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday.
Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” McConnell said: “There ought not to be a great gap” between repealing the act and replacing it and that Republicans would be “replacing it rapidly after repealing it.”
McConnell did not define what he meant by “rapidly.” Another top Republican, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, told Fox News that it could take two years to fully replace the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.
“I think everybody recognizes that there will be a transition period,” Scalise said. “President-elect Trump and our leaders have said nobody is going to get the rug pulled out from underneath them.”
Scalise cited a previously proposed Republican bill to repeal the healthcare law that laid out a two-year transition period for putting in place an alternative. “That’s a benchmark for what we’re looking at again,” he added.
Until now, Obamacare was a wholly owned product of the Democratic Party. It was passed by them without a single Republican vote and the increasing speed of its actuarial death spiral was wholly their fault. That changes this week.
Once changes to the law are made by Republicans, every flaw, every disaster, every bug and every problem will be blamed on Republican meddling in the plan. This is dangerous ground for Trump and the GOP and will require finesse and good planning. We shall see.