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President Obama on Friday openly dared Republicans to craft a better health care plan than his signature overhaul, saying he will concede the mantle of reform if they can cover as many people, keep costs down and produce a stable marketplace.“I will publicly support repealing Obamacare and replacing it with your plan. Obama told the Vox media outlet in a live White House interview two weeks before he leaves office. Obama’s offer targeted congressional GOP leaders and President-elect Donald Trump, who’ve vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act and then devise legislation that unleashes market forces to entice people into any health plan they want, rather than forcing Americans to buy comprehensive insurance or pay a tax.
Obama said In an opinion piece for the New England Journal of Medicine, Mr.
Obama said there is no guarantee that Republicans will vote on a replacement once they head over the repeal cliff — unforeseen events could overtake it — and that overhauling a federal health care budget that exceeds that of the Defense Department is not easy.
Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, representing the White House, was asked why mandating health insurance was different than mandating the buying of other products or services.
He responded by suggesting that this market’s services constitute an inevitable need for most Americans–one to which “virtually everybody” turns throughout their lives.
One of the more controversial parts of the Affordable Care Act is the issue of a health insurance mandate – the requirement that since 2014, all Americans must have healthcare coverage.