"The Democrats, lead by head clown Chuck Schumer, know how bad ObamaCare is and what a mess they are in," Trump said, beginning a series of tweets on Thursday. "Instead of working to fix it, they do the typical political thing and BLAME. The fact is ObamaCare was a lie from the beginning."
The tweets came one day after Republicans and Democrats laid out their respective strategies for dismantling and defending the ACA.
Republicans argue that the law — primarily citing the state-level health-insurance marketplaces — is collapsing on its own and that there needs to be a "stable" transition to replace it.
The GOP advocates a "market-based" approach that would give money to consumers up front to find their own insurance.
Democrats are arguing that the law is working in broad strokes — more people have insurance than ever before and some provisions are popular, including the inability for insurers to deny coverage based on preexisting conditions — and that only small tweaks are needed to provide stability to the exchanges.
Schumer, the Senate minority leader, and other Democrats argue that any change to the law made by Republicans may lead to the loss of coverage for the more than 22 million people who have gained insurance through the ACA, and the party has said any lapses will be the fault of Republican tinkering.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence was on hand to meet with Republicans about an ACA repeal, while President Barack Obama met at the same time with Democrats.
Obama, according to CNN's sources at the Democratic meeting, told lawmakers to call the new plan "Trumpcare" and not to "rescue" Republicans by agreeing to an inadequate replacement plan.
Trump continued his tweetstorm by citing the claim made by Obama and Democrats during the passing of the Affordable Care Act that "if you like your doctor, you can keep them." While this refers mainly to the individual insurance market such as the ACA's marketplaces — which are used by 7% of the American public — a declining number of insurers participating and narrower coverage networks have led to more limited health-provider options.
The president-elect concluded by calling for bipartisan support for a replacement.
"It is time for Republicans & Democrats to get together and come up with a healthcare plan that really works — much less expensive & FAR BETTER!" Trump tweeted.
The Department of Health and Human Services also released its most recent update for Obamacare's 2017 open enrollment on Thursday, showing that 8.8 million had signed up for or renewed a plan through the ACA as of the end of December. That is 200,000 more than the total from the same time in the previous year.
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