Conway: Those Who Currently Have Insurance Won’t Lose It In ACA Repeal

Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway says that the Trump administration doesn’t want anyone who currently has health insurance to lose it due to Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“We don’t want anyone who currently has insurance to not have insurance,” Conway said Tuesday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Conway was responding to co-host Joe Scarborough, who asked if Americans who “have healthcare today under the Affordable Care Act” would be covered under the Republican replacement plan for the healthcare law.

Conway didn’t present any details on what a replacement for Obamacare would look like in the interview. She said it would be “the ideal situation” if Republicans had a replacement plan for the ACA immediately available upon repeal, but said “some experts say that it could take years to actually complete the process.”

As Vice President-elect Mike Pence met with congressional Republicans Wednesday on Capitol Hill to discuss the repeal of Obamacare, which he and multiple congressional Republicans described as their top priority, details on a replacement plan were similarly scarce.

Asked about Conway’s assertion that no one who currently has health insurance would lose access to it under a Republican replacement plan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) did not answer directly in a press conference after his caucus’ meeting with Pence.

“We have on the floor the repeal resolution. The priorities between now and Jan. 20 are hearings on Cabinet members,” he said. “Those are the priorities between now and Jan. 20.”

Tierney Sneed contributed reporting.

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