Trump: ObamaCare being wiped out 'piece by piece'

Trump: ObamaCare being wiped out 'piece by piece'
© Greg Nash

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Lady Gaga blasts Pence as ‘worst representation of what it means to be Christian’ We have a long history of disrespecting Native Americans and denying their humanity MORE argued Friday that ObamaCare is being “wiped out” in a “piece-by-piece” way despite the failure of the GOP Congress to repeal the law.

Trump, speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, pointed to a number of actions that Republicans have taken against the law, including repealing the individual mandate to buy health insurance as part of the tax-cut bill.

He also appeared to reference a rule his administration put out this week allowing for new “short-term plans” that are cheaper and skimpier than ObamaCare insurance plans.

Trump lamented that legislation to entirely repeal the law failed by one vote in the Senate, but added, “I think we may be better off the way we’re doing it, piece by piece, ObamaCare is just being wiped out.”

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“The individual mandate essentially wipes it out, so I think we may be better off,” Trump said. “And people are getting great health-care plans and we’re not finished yet.”

Democrats have accused Trump of “sabotaging” the law, not only by repealing the individual mandate, but with other cuts to budgets intended to help sign people up for health care under the law.

Experts have warned that steps taken by Trump could damage the stability of the law's marketplaces and raise premiums, but that the law's core — an expansion of Medicaid and subsidies that help people afford coverage — will remain unless Congress acts.