The first Republican congressman to endorse President-elect Donald Trump, Rep. Chris Collins of New York, revealed Friday that the Republican-unified Congress plans on repealing Obamacare during the first 100 days after Trump takes office. The speedy process will be conducted without interruption by the minority Democrats by labeling the budget procedure as “reconciliation.” This means that the Republicans will only require a simple majority vote to approve tax and spending changes.
Unless Republicans sway, the minority Democrats in the Senate will be powerless to stop it. Plus, repealing ObamaCare is one of Trump’s first top priorities under his incoming administration.
“That can be done extraordinarily quickly,” Collins said. “Repealing Obamacare I believe can be done in the first 100 days. You can repeal sections of it using reconciliation. I don’t think the Democrats are going to allow us if you will to just repeal it. They would filibuster that.” In terms of what will replace ObamaCare, Collins wasn’t quite sure.
“The replacing piece, we have replacement ideas. We’re going to have to make sure we run that through the administration. That’s going to take longer. Lets face it it’ll be a transition. You don’t cut it off on a Tuesday and on Wednesday say here’s the new plan,” Collins said. “Insurance companies have to put out their plans for 2018 in many cases by April. So we do have a timeline that we have to adhere to. For the year of 2017, we’re not going to be pulling the rug out from anyone.”
At the congressional meeting held Thursday, Trump outlined his three top priorities in his first 100 days in office: health care, jobs and most importantly, immigration.
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