>> This week, Congress is on track to put in place the tools necessary to repeal and replace Obamacare.>> Congressional Republicans taking a major step toward repealing Obamacare, but only tip-toeing forward with plans to replace it. The House of Representatives passing a measure late Friday instructing committees to draft a bill dismantling the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
President-elect Trump, who campaigned on repealing the ACA, said he wants Congress ready with a replacement almost immediately.>> We are in complete sync, and we agree, we want to make sure that we move these things concurrently at the same time. Repeal and replace.>> But despite voting unsuccessfully to repeal the ACA 60 times over the nearly seven years since Obamacare became law, Republican lawmakers have yet to propose any kind of comprehensive healthcare law of their own.
This fact, not lost on Democrats.>> It's not real until we see their replacement. So far we see their replacement as cut and run.>> Obamacare extended coverage to some 20 million people. Eliminating it could have disastrous outcomes for Americans' health and well being and throw insurance markets into turmoil.
This week the American Medical Associate sent an open letter to Congress saying, before any changes are made, quote, policymakers should lay out for the American people, in reasonable detail, what will replace the current policies. And some Republican lawmakers are now hinting that, at least for the time being, parts of Obamacare, such as government subsidies for health insurance, could continue even if the law is repealed.
So that Americans would not suddenly find themselves unable to afford insurance or force insurance companies to pull back coverage. It is unclear whether lawmakers will the ambitious target date of January 27th for drafting the repeal. But House Speaker Paul Ryan has said Republicans are moving as quickly as they can.