Trump may repeal Obamacare first thing on Inauguration Day

Posted at 12:28 PM, Nov 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-13 12:29:07-05

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Sunday said the President-elect is considering calling a “special session” of Congress on the very day he’s sworn in to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law.

“(Trump) has talked about convening a special session on January 20 after he is sworn in as President of the United States to do this very thing, to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Conway said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“It would be a pretty remarkable move,” she added.

It’s unclear why Trump would need a “special session,” since Congress is in session year-round, unlike state legislatures that meet a few months out of the year and are at times convened under special circumstances.

Trump has backed away from his pledges to repeal Obama’s health care law in its entirety. He said after their meeting Thursday that he favors keeping the law’s rules barring insurers from turning away those with pre-existing conditions, as well as its allowance that those up to age 26 can remain on their parents’ insurance.

House Speaker Paul Ryan echoed some of Trump’s stances in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

“Obamacare is failing. It must be replaced. We’re going to do that. We’re excited about it … We can fix what is broken in health care without breaking what is working in health care,” Ryan said.