President Obama will advise congressional Democrats this week on ways to “counter” the Republican plan for repealing the Affordable Care Act, press secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday.
“The stakes are high, and I know that particularly at this time when there’s a lot of discussion about the president’s legacy, that some people might think that, well, the president is very concerned about the political capital that he’s invested in this and he doesn’t want to see it go away,” Earnest said.
But protecting the millions of Americans covered under the healthcare law remains Obama’s top motivation, he argued.
“The more that people understand what’s included in the Affordable Care Act … the more popular it’s likely to be, and there’s no denying that Obamacare has been subjected to hundreds of millions of dollars of political attacks, many of them, if not most of them, false,” Earnest said.
“He’s also concerned about this Republican tactic of repeal and delay,” Earnest added. “That’s not a responsible way to govern.”
Earnest said the Republican focus on dismantling Obamacare suggests they won’t prioritize the working class.
“Democrats are, however, interested in looking out for working people in this country,” he said.
Republicans have indicated they intend to scrap the healthcare law immediately, then piece together a replacement that will keep popular provisions of the program intact.
However, GOP lawmakers don’t appear close to a consensus on how to replace Obamacare. Democrats have signaled their opposition tactics will focus on exploiting Republicans’ disagreements during the replacement fight.