Politics

White House Reneges on Health Care Promise if Obamacare Is Repealed

The White House on Sunday appeared to back away from President Donald Trump's promise in January of "insurance for everybody" should the Affordable Care Act be repealed by Republicans in Congress.

Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly refused to guarantee that those covered under the Affordable Care Act would keep health insurance coverage in the event of repeal, speaking with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week."

Stephanopoulos confronted Sanders with reports that repealing Obamacare would lead to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people losing their health insurance coverage.

But Sanders refused to promise that Trump would not sign a bill that reduced health coverage.

Trump told The Washington Post that he had a plan to cover everyone with insurance that is less costly than Obamacare, with comparable benefits. He offered no details at the time and has presented no such plan since then.

Rather, a draft of a Republican replacement plan could lead millions of low-income individuals to lose their current coverage if the federal government eliminates income-based subsidies and rolls back the ACA's Medicaid expansion.

"I know that the goal is that we make sure that people don't lose their coverage and that we have to put a high priority on people that need it most," Sanders told "This Week."

The apparent health insurance backtrack comes as congressional Republicans are confronting angry constituents in town hall meetings across the country over their role in what many citizens feel has been life-saving legislation.

In the absence of Trump's promised health care plan, people across the country are waiting for the other shoe to drop after years of Republican pledges to repeal President Barack Obama's signature law.