U.S. President Barack Obama defends his legacy-defining healthcare law during an interview with Vox news, saying he would be the first to support its repeal effort among Republicans as long as they actually ''show'' him a better plan for its replacement. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday (January 6) that he would be the first to support the effort among Republicans to repeal his legacy-defining healthcare law as long as they offered a better plan for its replacement. "I am saying to every Republican right now if you in fact can put a plan together that is demonstrably better than what Obamacare is doing, I will publicly support repealing Obamacare and replacing it with your plan. But I want to see it first," Obama said during an interview with Vox news about the future of his Affordable Care Act. "I think whether you originally supported Obamacare or you didn't, whether you like me or you don't, the one thing I would just ask all the American people to do is adopt the slogan of the great state of Missouri -- 'show me. Show me. Do not rush this process. And to Republicans I would say 'what are you scared of? If you are absolutely convinced as you have been adamant about for the last seven years that you can come up with something better, go ahead and come up with it," Obama said. The interview comes in the final days of Obama's presidency and as the Republican-controlled Congress launches an effort to start the repeal of his signature healthcare law.