Rep. John Katko tells GOP leaders he won't repeal Obamacare without replacement

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The Health and Human Services Department said the combined total from on the federal website and state-run portals is an uptick of roughly 290,000 customers compared to December 24, 2015, despite rampant talk of scrapping the law on Capitol Hill to address rising premiums and dwindling choices under the program.

Trump said on Monday that he has no concerns "about how Republicans will replace Obamacare" and believes everything will "work out". She said the latest numbers prove there is a growing appetite for the law.

Democrats said repealing the law will strip millions of Americans of insurance, leave people with pre-existing medical conditions unable to find coverage, and increase the nation's budget deficit by $353 billion over the next 10 years as the tax and fee provisions that pay for Obamacare are gutted. The data indicates that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) each represent about 36,000 Obamacare customers, and that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has 19,300 enrollees living in his district. Where is the detailed GOP plan to help millions of Americans who have coverage now under Obamacare? "We're going to use every tool at our disposal through legislation, through regulation, to replace concurrent along with repeal, so that we can save people from this mess". "We need to make sure there is a stable transition period so that people do not have the rug pulled out from under them".

A leading policy analyst disagreed with that assessment, saying the administration might struggle to hit its own target for 2017, yet it can draw some positives from Tuesday's report. "If they don't, Obamacare continues to unravel and there are many healthcare analysts and experts who are predicting bankruptcy for insurance companies and a massive insurance company bailout within the first six months of repeal", Paul said. Diedrich also says funding for Medicare and Medicaid will change as well. "In fact, we've actually been signing up more people this open enrollment than we have ever in the past". Both the House and Senate are expcted to vote this week on a budget resolution that would instruct congressional committees to begin drafting reconciliation legislation to repeal the law.

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Democrats are trying to make the process as politically painful as possible, offering budget amendments that would make it more hard for the GOP majority to cut Social Security or Medicare - two popular programs among seniors who vote in large numbers.

He said that work on replacement could be done in a gradual, piecemeal fashion. But it appears that GOP lawmakers who are no fans of the ACA are contemplating what might happen to their constituents and health care providers if the health law disappears without an alternative. "I have said since 2014 I will never vote for repeal until a replacement is ready to go".

President-elect Donald Trump is adamant in repealing the healthcare law known as Obamacare as he on Tuesday asked his fellow Republicans in Congress for a vote next week.

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