Trump pushes Republicans for quick repeal, replacement of Obamacare Jan 11, 2017 0 418 12345 New York TimesNew YorkPresident-elect Donald Trump pressed Republicans on Tuesday to move forward with the immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act and to replace it very quickly thereafter, saying, 'We have to get to business. Obamacare has been a catastrophic event." Trump's position undercuts Republican leaders who want a quick vote to repeal President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement but who also want to wait as long as two to three years to come up with an alternative. But he was also challenging the resolve of nervous Republicans in Congress who do not want any vote on a repeal until that replacement exists. Trump, who seemed unclear about the timing of already scheduled votes in Congress this week, demanded a repeal vote 'probably some time next week,' and said 'the replace will be very quickly or simultaneously, very shortly thereafter.' That demand is very likely impossible. Republicans in Congress are nowhere close to agreement on a major health bill that would replace the health law. A number of Republicans in the House and Senate have said publicly that they wanted to hold off on voting to eviscerate it until a replacement measure could be negotiated. For now, the Senate is planning to vote on a budget resolution that would set up parliamentary protections for a health care repeal bill that would have to emerge from House and Senate committees by Jan 27. The House would vote Friday if that budget measure clears the Senate. That plan is under pressure from Republicans who want to slow the process as they struggle for an agreement on what would follow repeal. But Trump said there was no cause for delay. And he said he would not accept a delay of more than a few weeks before a replacement plan was voted on. "Long to me would be weeks," he said."It won't be repeal and then two years later go in with another plan." That directly contradicts House Speaker Paul Ryan's plans. Ryan, who met privately with top transition officials, agreed with Trump on the state of the Affordable Care Act, saying Tuesday that its marketplaces were in a 'death spiral.' But he has argued that lawmakers need time to write a bipartisan health bill that would replace it. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES UN chief urges Security Council to do more to prevent war Jan 11, 2017 0 544 Trump's A-G pick opposes Muslim ban, waterboarding Jan 11, 2017 0 415 Senate move to sanction Russia over hacking, Syria actions Jan 11, 2017 0 452 Kerry takes jab at Trump tweets; warns of 'authoritarian populism' Reuters WASHINGTON US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday warned of the dangers of authoritarian populism and offered a thinly veiled critique of Donald Trump's prolific use of Twitter, saying it allowed the .. South Carolina church gunman should be executed, says prosecutor CHARLESTON Convicted murderer Dylann Roof should be executed for killing nine people who welcomed him to their Bible study meeting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof, sat with parishioners for 40 .. Canadian PM reshuffles cabinet ahead of Trump's presidency Montreal Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday to prepare for Donald Trump's presidency, according several media reports. International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland .. Cuba names counter-intelligence chief as Interior Minister HAVANA Cuba named Vice Admiral Julio Cesar Gandarilla to the powerful post of Interior Minister, replacing Fernandez Godin, who died on Friday at the age of 78. Gandarilla had served as head of the department of ..