WASHINGTON Jan 5 U.S. Republican
President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday kept up his attacks on
Democrats and Obamacare while calling for a bipartisan effort in
Congress to come up with a healthcare alternative that would
lower costs and improve care.
In a series of tweets, Trump, who takes office later this
month, blasted Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer and his
fellow Democrats, who have vowed to preserve President Barack
Obama's legacy-defining healthcare law even as Republicans move
ahead with their long-sought bid to scrap it.
"The Democrats, lead by head clown Chuck Schumer, know how
bad ObamaCare is and what a mess they are in. Instead of working
to fix it, they do the typical political thing and BLAME," Trump
"It is time for Republicans & Democrats to get together and
come up with a healthcare plan that really works - much less
expensive & FAR BETTER!" he added.
Schumer ramped up his attacks on Trump's planned healthcare
overhaul on Thursday, calling for a congressional investigation
into the president-elect's pick to lead the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, U.S. Representative Tom Price, a
Georgia Republican, over his reported stock trades in healthcare
On Wednesday, Obama met with Democrats on Capitol Hill as
they formed a strategy that appeared aimed at warning that
Republicans risk throwing the entire U.S. healthcare system into
disarray by dismantling the Affordable Care Act, without a plan
to replace it.
With no replacement by Republicans, as early as 2018 the
roughly 20 million people who gained health insurance under the
law could see their coverage in jeopardy.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence, after separately meeting
with Republicans who control both the House and Senate, said on
Wednesday repealing the 2010 law was the "first order of
business" of the Trump administration.
Republicans criticize Obamacare as an excessive government
intrusion into the healthcare market and contend it is harming
job growth by burdening businesses. They say they have a plan to
replace it but have offered few details.
Pence said Trump would work with congressional leaders to
ensure a smooth health care transition through legislation and
Democrats acknowledge they lack the votes to stop repeal
legislation being pushed by Republicans, who will control the
White House and both chambers of Congress when Trump takes
On Thursday, Schumer and other top Democrats on the Senate
health and finance committees planned a morning press conference
to call for a House Office of Congressional Ethics investigation
into Price's investments.
Price, an orthopedic surgeon, traded more than $300,000 in
stocks of health-related companies over four years, the Wall
Street Journal reported in late December, while advocating
legislation that potentially could have affected their stock
(Reporting by Rick Cowan, Susan Cornwell, Susan Heavey and
David Alexander; Editing by Peter Cooney and Jeffrey Benkoe)