President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he plans to reveal details on how he is going to overhaul the Affordable Care Act in Congress on Tuesday.
As they now have control of both the White House and Congress, Republicans are feeling the pressure to fulfill their pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare, even though they still haven’t found a way to do it.
Despite Trump’s utterings that the ACA is “a complete disaster,” the law has proven popular in many states, including the state controlled by the Republicans, and has enabled millions of previously uninsured people to get affordable coverage, albeit the high premium rises which has angered some.
The President is due to talk about healthcare and other topics during a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening.
Trump affirmed his infamous pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare in remarks he made at a black-tie event for the National Governors Association on Sunday. “We’re going to be speaking very specifically about a very complicated subject,” Trump said. “I think we have something that is really going to be excellent.”
The GOP are yet to agree on a single detailed policy proposal to replace the ACA, with some moderates such as Congressman Darrell Issa that want to revise the law and not remove it completely. While conservatives want to repeal it completely.
Republicans are still yet to work out the details such as the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under the Affordable Care Act, and how the new healthcare law would be funded.
The President said that he will be discussing healthcare on Monday when he meets with governors in Washington for the National Governor’s Association’s annual meeting.
During Sunday’s black-tie event, Trump cast his first month as president in a positive light, despite the fact he passed an executive order aimed at banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries that was immediately embroiled in a court challenge and sparked national outrage with demonstrations taking place in airports across the US. A fact that the President forgot to mention along with the flurry of falsehoods coming from his administration, and his constant battle with the “fake and dishonest” media.
“We’ve made a lot of promises over the last two years, and many of those promises already are kept so we’ve very honored by that,” Trump said.
After Trump’s speech, he turned the microphone to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who is the chairman of the Governor’s association and long-time supporter of the Bill and Hillary Clinton.
In what could only be a gesture of unity, Governor McAuliffe said: “We want to work with you” on creating jobs and strong healthcare system.