Trump, GOP Promised No Repeal Without Replace


As Majority Leader McConnell says he is now willing to vote on a full health repeal bill without a replacement, here is a look at the many Republicans, including President Trump and Vice President Pence, who have already said that they would not support repeal legislation, without a replacement. 


President Trump: “I feel that repeal and replace have to be together, for very simply, I think that the Democrats should want to fix Obamacare. They cannot live with it, and they have to go together.”


President Trump: “It won’t be repeal and then two years later go in with another plan.


Vice President Pence: “‘What the President-elect has made clear is that he also wants Congress at the same time to pass a replacement bill that will lower the cost of health insurance and literally make health insurance affordable for every American,’ Pence said.”


Senator Corker: “‘I think the president-elect’s position is the right position,’ Corker told reporters on Friday morning. ‘During the campaign he said that repeal and replace should take place simultaneously. That to me is the prudent course of action.’”


Senator Murkowski: “I remain committed to repealing the Affordable Care Act, and I am equally committed to ensuring that all Alaskans and Americans, especially the most vulnerable among us and those in rural communities, have access to affordable, quality healthcare. With a new administration and a new Congress we have an opportunity to fulfill both of those commitments, but repeal and replace need to coincide – that’s simply common sense.”


HELP Committee Chairman Senator Alexander: “You have to know what you’re going to replace it with, before you have an effective repeal,’ Alexander said at the end of his committee’s hearing on the individual insurance market.  ‘We’re more interested in the future and identifying what needs to be done to give people more affordable choices of insurance,’ he added. ‘No one’s talking about repealing anything until there is a concrete practical alternative to offer Americans in its place.’” 


Senator Paul: “Paul wrote an op-ed in Rare this week warning of such a scenario. He called for an immediate replacement or else Republicans ‘risk assuming the blame for the continued unraveling of Obamacare.’ Paul told The Hill that he will be ‘advocating very strongly in my caucus that we should vote simultaneously on repeal and replacement.’”


Senator Cotton: “Cotton said Thursday that ‘when we repeal ObamaCare, we need to have the solution in place moving forward,’ a warning against pushing a replacement far into the future.”


Senator Portman: “‘If it is a bill that simply repeals, I believe that will add to more uncertainty’ and higher premiums, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, told reporters this morning.”


Senator Collins: “Susan Collins confirms she is a NO on repeal-only bill, @kasie reports”


Senator Capito: “‘My position on this issue is driven by its impact on West Virginians. With that in mind, I cannot vote to repeal ObamaCare without a replacement plan that addresses my concerns and the needs of West Virginians.”