Trump Plans To Defund Obamacare ‘On Day One’

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President-elect Donald Trump is preparing to defund Obamacare “on day one,” a source familiar with Trump’s transition team told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Trump made repealing Obamacare a central tenant of his campaign, regularly promising voters that he will repeal and replace Obamacare “with something terrific.”

Congressional Republicans and Trump are in a good position to defund the Obamacare early on in Trump’s presidency, according to a staffer for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who spoke with TheDCNF.

McConnell asserted Wednesday that repealing Obamacare was a top priority. “It [Repealing Obamacare] is a pretty high item on our agenda, as you know,” McConnell told reporters. “I would be shocked if we didn’t move forward to keep our commitment to the American people.”

McConnell argued Obamacare “was the single worst piece of legislation among many bad pieces of legislation passed in the first two years of the Obama presidency,” and said that, “the sooner we can go in a different direction, the better.”

The senator also cautioned his Republican colleagues, who will now control the White House and both chambers on Capitol Hill. “I don’t think we should act as if we going to be in the majority forever,” McConnell said. “We’ve been given a temporary lease on power if you will, and I think we need to use it responsibly.”

Trump’s plan to defund Obamacare, paired with McConnell’s commitment to repeal the controversial legislation may have led to an increase in customers who signed up recently, according to USA Today. A reported 100,000 new customers enrolled for the government subsidized health care plan Wednesday.

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