White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says repealing the Affordable Care Act ''would have devastating consequences for people all across the country.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said repealing the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, "would have devastating consequences for people all across the country." His comments come as Republicans launch their long-desired bid to scrap the law in what Vice President-elect Mike Pence called the "first order of business" of Donald Trump's administration. The Senate opened debate on a resolution setting in motion the Republican drive to repeal the Democratic-backed 2010 Affordable Care Act, which has helped upwards of 20 million previously uninsured Americans obtain medical insurance. President Barack Obama, who hands over the presidency to Republican Trump on Jan. 20, ventured to Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge Democratic lawmakers to protect the measure, which is known as Obamacare and is considered his signature domestic policy accomplishment. Republicans, who will control both chambers of Congress and the White House when Trump takes office, stepped up their rhetorical attack on the law, which they have labeled a government overreach. Democrats in turn accused them of trying to rip apart the nation's healthcare system with no firm plan to replace it.