On Thursday, President Trump announced that his Obamacare alternative will be unveiled in March.
When asked by a reporter about tax reform during Thursday’s press conference, the President dovetailed into Obamacare, saying, “Tax reform is going to happen fairly quickly. We’re doing Obamacare. We’re in final stages. We should be submitting the initial plan in March, early March, I would say.”
Trump continued to dismiss the town hall protests that congressional members have seen in recent weeks.
“They fill up our alleys with people that you wonder how they get there, but they are not the Republican people our that representatives are representing.”
While members of Congress are scrambling around to come up with a replacement plan for Obamacare, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) joined forces with a plan of their own.
On Wednesday, Paul and Sanford produced a replacement bill endorsed by the Freedom Caucus.
“This is not my bill,” Sanford said. “This is, in essence, a work of the Freedom Caucus.”
Sanford has been using Sen. Paul’s framework as a model for their replacement bill.
“The Freedom Caucus is built around this notion of maximizing individual liberty and freedom, and I think this is what this bill does,” Sanford added. “You think about this notion of advancing the hallmark of the American experiment, it’s individual freedom, and one of the places where we don’t have that right now is healthcare.”
The Paul-Sanford bill hones in on purchasing insurance across state lines, allow unlimited contributions to health savings accounts, and get rid of the individual and small business mandates. All of these proposals came from Paul’s plan, which he unveiled in January.
This is a good sign for millennials.
In a recent PPP poll, 78 percent of millennials aged 18-29 would like Congress to keep what works in the Affordable Care Act and fix what doesn’t. Conversely, 22 percent of millennials want Congress to start over from scratch.
While doubts linger whether the GOP will be able to move on an Obamacare repeal at all, President Trump reassured the country that he and Congress will move forward on it.
Watch President Trump’s press conference below: