Obama Rallies Democrats Against Republicans for Battle Over Healthcare Issue

Vice President-elect Mike Pence joins House GOP Majority Leader Kevin Mc Carthy  and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan for a news conference at the U.S. Capitol

There's GOP talk of creating separate high-risk pools for the preexisting-condition population, with government subsidies to help lower the cost of premiums. "Hospitals may have to cut back services and jobs in the short run in anticipation of the surge in uncompensated care that will result from rolling back the Medicaid expansion".

President Barack Obama urged fellow Democrats to preserve his legacy-defining healthcare law, as Republicans moved ahead with their long-desired bid to scrap it. He's suggested time and again he remains committed to the idea of universal health care, everyone being covered; "We're going to take care of them through maybe concepts of Medicare".

Repealing the tax and spending provisions of the law would effectively gut Obamacare and it would begin to fall apart, leaving many Americans without access to health insurance.

"Healthcare's not cheap", Obama said in an interview with Vox broadcast online on Friday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed the GOP for pressing forward with the repeal without a viable replacement plan. But more than those of other outgoing presidents replaced by successors of the other party, they're in danger of being overturned.

CNN quoted sources who attended the meeting as saying that Obama "encouraged us to fight" and not to "rescue the Republicans", a novel concept given that the current, dysfunctional ACA legislation never received a single Republican vote nor sought any input from the other side of the aisle. "But I don't have pride of authorship on this thing, if they can come up with something better".

Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Susan Collins have both said an Obamacare replacement would be needed immediately.

Except the prospect of more than 20 million people losing their health insurance, and a huge redistribution from the working class to the very rich.

They have pledged to develop a replacement over the next several years, which, they say, will protect the tens of millions of people who depend on the law's protections.

There has been a number of bi-partisan lawmakers who feel that Pence's call for an "orderly" transition comes as healthcare experts warn that the Republican strategy of repealing ObamaCare on a delay without an immediate replacement would cause chaos, leading to insurers dropping out of the market and people having few or no options for coverage.

"It is time for Republicans & Democrats to get together and come up with a healthcare plan that really works - much less expensive & FAR BETTER!" he said on Twitter, but so far he has proposed no actual new policy.

Senate Republicans plan to push through a budget blueprint next week that would clear the way for the repeal of parts of the ACA, and the House plans to take up the blueprint as soon as it is approved by the Senate. The situation puts them under tremendous pressure to fulfill "Day One" promises to voters to end ObamaCare.

But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, addressing reporters after hearing from Obama, said Republicans don't have the votes for a replacement plan.