Trump: I Tell GOP Leadership, Let Obamacare ‘Implode’

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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President Donald Trump promised Friday morning that Obamacare would get “repealed and replaced,” in the coming year, even hinting at the way he has instructed Republicans to get it done.

Speaking about the Obamacare repeal effort at the CPAC Friday morning, Trump said that he has told Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Republican leadership in Congress to simply “let it implode.” The law is simply “repealing itself,” Trump told the audience. All we have to do is “let it implode.”

When he first spoke about repealing Obamacare on the campaign trail in 2015, Trump was pushing for a hands-on, expedient repeal effort. “When we win on Nov. 8 and elect a Republican Congress, we will be able to immediately repeal and replace Obamacare,” Trump said at an campaign stop in Prussia, Penn., Nov. 1. (RELATED: Obamacare Is Not Going Anywhere)

Just prior to Inauguration Day, Trump’s narrative began to evolve from one of expedience to a cautionary tale. “Republicans must be careful” in moving forward with the repeal effort, Trump tweeted Jan. 4. He appeared to hint that even without direct Republican action, “it will fall on its own weight – be careful!”

In an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on Super Bowl Sunday, Trump’s narrative seemed to have morphed once again. “I would like to say by the end of the year, at least the rudiments, but we should have something within the year and the following year,” Trump said. (RELATED: Krauthammer: Failing To Replace Obamacare The ‘Ultimate Betrayal’)

For his part, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has repeatedly doubled-down on the Republican’s original commitment to expediently repeal Obamacare.

“Our job is to repair the American health care system and rescue it from the collapse that it’s in,” Ryan told reporters. “And the best way to repair our health care system is to repeal and replace Obamacare. It’s not an either-or.”

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