- The Washington Times - Friday, March 10, 2017

In a meeting with key Republican lawmakers, President Trump said Friday that Congress must act swiftly to “save Americans” from Obamacare, which he said was designed for consumer costs to soar after President Obama left office.

“This is the time we’re going to get it done,” Mr. Trump said at the White House, adding that 2017 is “the year it was meant to explode, because Obama won’t be here.”

“As bad as it is now, it will get even worse,” Mr. Trump said.

The House Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce committees approved the GOP health care overhaul plan this week, and Mr. Trump thanked the chairs of those panels for their “diligent work.”

“That’s what people want: they want repeal and replace,” Mr.Trump said. “We must act now to save Americans from the imploding Obamacare disaster,” adding that “premiums have skyrocketed by double digits and triple digits, in some cases.”

The president, who is working the phones to persuade reluctant GOP lawmakers, said the new health care law would be “cutting taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars,” ending “the Obamacare mandate that forces Americans to buy government-approved plans,” and providing states “with flexibility over how Medicaid dollars are spent, [taking] power from Washington and back to local governments.”

“We all remember, ‘You can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan,’” the president said, repeating a fallacious phrase often uttered by Mr. Obama. “It was said many, many times, and it turned out to be not true.”

Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, Texas Republican, said it was an “historic week,” and predicted the measure will pass the House and Senate.

“There is so much more than unites Republicans than divides us on this issue,” Mr. Brady said.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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