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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Put up or shut up moment

Regarding the repeal and or replacement of Obamacare, the Republican Congress wants to repeal it first, and then worry about the consequences later. Instead, Donald Trump wants his HHS nominee, Tom Price, to produce replacement legislation immediately upon his being sworn in. What does that imply?

Tom Price must have the language in law for Obamacare legislation already worked out? He and Donald Trump have already met and they have produced a complete “genius” plan that is better than anything that a lethargic Congress can do that is stuck in its due process, apparently.

A demonstration of the Trump way forward is on the line. It is a red line crossing moment. Lead follow or get out of the way. Donald Trump is leading, so let’s see what Congress does next.

“President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that his administration will put forward a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare "essentially simultaneously." 
"We're going to be submitting, as soon as our secretary is approved, almost simultaneously, shortly thereafter, a plan," Trump said, referring to his pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.). "It will be repeal and replace.  
"It will be essentially simultaneously," Trump said of the repeal plan. "It will be various segments, you understand, but it will most likely be on the same day or the same week, but probably the same day, it could be the same hour." 
Trump's announcement that his administration will put forward its own plan could provide some more guidance to the process. Congressional Republicans have so far been trying to come together on a replacement plan. 
Calling for an almost simultaneous replacement plan is a faster timetable than congressional leaders have put forward. Top Republicans in Congress are pushing forward with repeal of the law before having a replacement ready.
However, if Trump follows through with putting forward a full replacement plan, it could jump-start the effort in Congress.” 
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Paging Dr. Price

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