Outgoing President Barack Obama and a cabal of Democratic lawmakers will convene this week to discuss the fate of ObamaCare, the controversial piece of healthcare legislation that has found itself in the crosshairs of both President-elect Donald Trump and the GOP congressional majority.
According to the White House, the Wednesday morning meeting will take place at the Capitol Visitor Center auditorium. There, the president will “share his perspective about the dangers posed by Congressional Republicans’ stated strategy to repeal the [Affordable Care Act] before proposing any replacement.”
The last-ditch effort might be too little, too late: Republicans have already formulated a budget resolution that would allow them to slash a large part of ObamaCare as early as January, sidestepping the need for Democratic votes by employing the process of reconciliation.
Senate Minority Leader-elect Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have also indicated support for ObamaCare by planning mid-January rallies in support of the law, while some groups have launched ad campaigns hoping to convince Republican senators to switch their stance.
While Trump has expressed a strong interest in repealing ObamaCare, the president-elect supports the provisions of the law that allow people to stay on their parents’ plans until they are 26 and those that ban insurers from denying coverage on the grounds of preexisting health conditions.
In the event of an ObamaCare repeal, Republicans will need to woo Democratic support in order to pass a replacement in the Senate with the requisite 60 votes, a feat that may be made easier thanks to a faction of Democrats that are willing to cross party lines in order to establish a new healthcare system.