U.S. Vice President-elect Mike Pence along with House Speaker Paul Ryan say Trump's first order of business is to repeal and replace Obamacare. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Wednesday (January 4) met with Republican congressional leaders to plot strategy on repealing President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, a move that could leave tens of millions of Americans without medical insurance. In a news conference following the meeting, Pence said Donald Trump's first order of business will be to repeal and replace Obamacare. House Speaker Paul Ryan said 'Obamacare has failed' and 'Americans are struggling.' Obama on Wednesday morning met with Democratic legislators, including U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, to discuss how they can protect the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which is known as Obamacare. Republican U.S. President-elect Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, and his party's congressional leaders have made repealing and replacing the law among their top priorities. But doing so risks causing chaos in the health insurance market, as well as political backlash against Republicans. In a series of posts on Twitter, Trump urged fellow Republicans to assign blame to Obama's Democrats. The law has enabled upward of 20 million Americans who previously had no medical insurance to get coverage and is considered Obama's top legislative achievement. Republicans, who will control both Congress and the White House in 2017, condemn it as a government overreach.