Trump Cautions GOP: ‘Be Careful’ With Obamacare Repeal and Replacement

Trump Cautions GOP: 'Be Careful' With Obamacare Repeal and ReplacementTrump's series of tweets Wednesday came as President Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Mike Pence went to Capitol Hill to rally lawmakers on opposite sides of the political aisle for the coming battle over the fate of the failing 2010 Affordable Care Act.

President-elect Donald Trump warned fellow Republicans Wednesday to be careful in their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, urging conservatives not to let the pressure off Democrats, just as Barack Obama was set to meet with House and Senate Democrats to discuss ways to save the doomed legislation.

“Republicans must be careful in that the Democrats own the failing ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases,” Trump tweeted out Wednesday morning at 8:55 a.m. Eastern time. “Don’t let the Schumer clowns out of this web…,” he added, referring to U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, who along with other Democrats was meeting with Obama about the law Wednesday morning.

Moments after trump warned fellow Republicans not to fall into the trap of taking ownership of the health law’s shortcomings, Vice President-elect Mike Pence told republicans in a closed meeting that they need to be aggressive about blaming Obama and the Democrats for Obamacare’s demise, and highlight their own plans for a replacement strategy that rescues the health care market.

Pence also said that the Trump transition team is already working on executive orders to ensure a “smooth transition” out of Obamacare – but Congress will still need to pass legislation to help in the process.

Trump repeatedly promised during his presidential campaign to “repeal and replace” Obamacare in his first term.

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