WASHINGTON — Donald Trump will take executive action to undo parts of ObamaCare shortly after being sworn in Jan. 20, Mike Pence said Wednesday.
“It will literally begin on Day One. Before the end of the day we do anticipate the president-elect will be in the Oval Office taking action to both repeal executive orders and also set into motion through executive action policies to implement — promises that were made on the campaign trail,” the vice president-elect said at the Capitol.
Pence’s remarks came after he huddled with House Republicans at the Capitol on how to dismantle Obama’s signature health care law. Meanwhile, President Obama met with Democrats on how to save the health care program that insures more than 20 million Americans.
“The first order of business is to repeal and replace ObamaCare,” Pence said. “And that was our message today.”
Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan said they will deliver an “orderly” replacement plan that won’t cause hardship to millions currently insured.
The Senate is expected to take up repeal legislation next week and the House will follow, Ryan said.
Republicans will need 60 votes — and therefore Democratic support — to pass a replacement plan.
Pence said they are devising a two-track plan to replace ObamaCare — executive action and legislative action. He declined to offer details on what the executive action would entail.