>> Yeah, we're gonna move forward with the Obamacare Repeal Resolution first.>> As they start to dismantle Obamacare, Republicans in Congress now realizing that the US healthcare system of 2017 is like a giant Jenga tower. Pull one piece out and the whole thing could come crashing down.
m Andy Sullivan in Washington where Republicans are moving quickly to repeal President Obama's signature Affordable Care Act.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence up on Capitol Hill talking strategy with lawmakers, while over in the Senate they're already moving to bypass Democratic roadblocks. But they can't ignore that big flashing caution sign coming out of Trump Tower. President-elect Donald Trump warning on Twitter that the GOP needs to be careful so they don't get blamed for the fallout.
With full control of Congress and very soon the White House, Republicans effectively own the entire American healthcare system. That means voters will now hold them responsible for surging costs, confusing plans, and cancelled coverage, just as they did Obama. Everyone knows his plan had problems, but 22 million signed up anyway.
That's a lot of people to have mad at you if they don't quickly come up with their own plan. Here's where the Jenga analogy is spot on. While Obamacare isn't popular, people love certain aspects of the law, such as the provision that requires insurers to accept people who already have health problems and the part that allows parents to keep their children on their own plan until they're 26 years old.
Trump wants to keep those pieces in place while ditching the laws unpopular tax increases and penalties. But experts say if you try to preserve those pieces and scrap the rest, the economics of the whole system collapse.>> And that's what they're struggling with, and that's why they're not getting anywhere.
>> Democrats acutely aware of Republican's dilemma, getting a visit from Obama to stiffen their spines in thinking ahead of the 2018 elections. All ready rolling out a new slogan to mock the GOP, Make America Sick Again. That's one reason the new mantra isn't repeal and replace but repeal and delay, with some lawmakers saying they'll need to keep Obamacare in place for up to three years while they work out a replacement.
Others pushing for a so called hard appeal, which would wipe Obamacare away within six months. That idea seeming to worry Trump who would have to sign off on any repeal bill that reaches his desk.>> I think it's very