WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence again vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act during remarks at the Conservative Political Conference Thursday.
“America’s Obamacare nightmare is about to end,” Pence said.
Pence’s remarks come amid a heightened debate over former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Over a month into President Donald Trump’s administration, Republicans have yet to act on their long-promised goal of repealing former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
Pence argued that “Obamacare has failed and Obamacare must go.”
“Despite the best efforts of liberal activists around the country, the American people know better,” Pence said, alluding to supporters of Obamacare protesting the repeal of the law at a series of town halls by Republican lawmakers.
“This failed law is crippling the American economy and crushing the American people,” he said.
He likened the promises of supporters of the law to “fake news,” citing an increase in the cost of premiums.
He also called the law a “job killer.”
“Well, we’re about to change all that by repealing Obamacare once and for all, eliminating its mandates, its taxes and its intrusion into your business and in your lives,” he pledged.
He said the administration is working on a replacement for the law “that actually works,” but did not specify the details of their plan, except for indicating that Americans would be permitted to purchase health insurance across state lines, as they do with life and car insurance.
“Despite all the fear mongering from the left, make no mistake about it, we’ll have an orderly transition to a better health care system that finally puts the American people first,” he promised.