Get ready for the turmoil to roll from the Democratic camp. Donald Trump told a listening America that Obamacare is indeed headed for full dismantling, and that a plan for its near-simultaneous repeal and replace is set for congressional consideration, as soon as Rep. Tom Price is confirmed as secretary of Health and Human Services.
Trump’s near-simultaneous dismantling approach comes as a sharp contrast to the more gentle, piecemeal approach Republican leaders have been mulling for the last few weeks.
His way is bolder, much bolder.
“We’re going to be submitting, as soon as our secretary is approved, almost simultaneously, shortly thereafter, a plan,” Trump said, the Hill reported. “It will be repeal and replace.”
He underscored the simultaneous aspect of his Obamacare dismantling.
“It will be essentially simultaneously,” Trump said, the Hill again reported. “It will be various segments, you understand, but it will most likely be on the same day or the same week. But probably the same day, it could be the same hour.”
Republicans in Congress, meanwhile, have already discussed ways of abolishing or at least watering Obamacare via the budget reconciliation process, a procedural method that strips funding from some of the most hated aspects of the health care program, like the mandate. The reconciliation process was in essence how Democrats managed to push the plan through in the first place.
But Trump’s call for a near-simultaneous broad brushstroke dismantling of Obamacare is speedier.
As Rep. Chris Collins, Republican from New York, said in the same Hill piece: “I believe that President-elect Trump’s timeline is a tighter timeline than our leadership was speaking about a month ago.”
Yes it is. And Trump’s way – the bold, take-no-prisoners approach – is why he was elected in the first place.