Pence: Democrats' ObamaCare promises were 'fake news'

Vice President Pence on Thursday blasted “liberal activists” showing up in droves to protest at GOP lawmakers' town hall events, promising they won't deter Republicans' mission to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“Despite the best efforts of liberal activists at town halls around the country, the American people know better,” Pence said, addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

“ObamaCare has failed, and ObamaCare must go,” he added.

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The vice president also said that Democratic arguments in favor of ObamaCare are "fake news." 

“Talk about your fake news, folks,” he said. “Just look at all the promises liberals have made about ObamaCare.”

President Trump and Pence made repealing and replacing former President Obama’s signature healthcare law a centerpiece of their campaign promises, and congressional Republicans have for years pushed to dismantle the law.

But it is unclear whether Congress or the White House will take the lead in crafting replacement legislation, and some Republicans have voiced concern over repealing the ACA without having a new measure ready.

During a Florida rally last weekend, Trump said that a replacement measure was coming in “a couple of weeks.”