Vice President-elect Mike Pence reassured Americans that they should not feel any trepidation about their insurance as President-elect Donald Trump leads Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare in accordance to his campaign promises.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 19, 2017
In the interview with ABC News, Pence told Martha Raddatz that repealing Obamacare would not be hastily done so as to keep as many Americans insured as possible.
Any American who has insurance today, through an ‘Obamacare’ exchange or through the Obama plan itself, should have no anxiety about losing their insurance. We’re committed to an orderly transition, to a new and better health insurance set of reforms that are going to work for every American, just like the president-elect said.
Pence's assurance bears a striking resemblance to soon-to-be former President Obama's repeated promise to Americans that "if you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance" on the way to passing Obamacare.
Trump's promise to repeal Obamacare has experienced some stumbling blocks and glitches as some Republicans have spoken out against the plan without a replacement for those who might lose insurance because of their actions. The President-elect made the blanket claim Monday that he would provide healthcare insurance for "everybody" in the replacement plan.
Despite some Republicans' objections, the GOP leadership is moving forward to kill the legislation, with Senator Rand Paul (R-Ken.) at the forefront with his own replacement plan. Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, Democrats are vowing to do everything they can to keep Obama's landmark legislation in power.