On the day Donald Trump officially became president of the United States, Democrats still remained steadfastly opposed to the billionaire businessman’s proposals.
During the inaugural ceremony Friday, many House Democrats wore buttons emblazoned with the hashtag #ProtectOurCare, calling out Republicans and Trump for their promise to overthrow former President Barack Obama’s signature health care legislation, the Affordable Care Act.
“Members wanted to wear a sign of solidarity with the Affordable Care Act at the inauguration,” Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), told Talking Points Memo.
— Rep. Cheri Bustos (@RepCheri) January 20, 2017
As TheBlaze reported earlier this month, Senate Republicans have already taken the first steps to repeal Obamacare with a nearly party-line vote — 51-48 — last week. The procedural vote established special budgetary rules that protect the GOP from a Democrat-led filibuster, permitting a repeal vote to take place with a simple majority in the 100-member Senate.
While the wheels are rolling down the path to undo the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are divided about what to do once the historic legislation is history.
Many Republicans have proposed repealing the bill and slowly replacing portions of the law while others have called for a delay in repealing Obamacare until a replacement is ready. But Trump, speaking to the New York Times, said a replacement law must follow “very quickly or simultaneously.”
All of this comes at a time when Obamacare has reached an all-time-high in popularity.
According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 49 percent say they favor the 2010 health care bill, while 47 percent remain opposed to the law.