Outgoing US President Barack Obama has told Republican lawmakers in Congress they should present a good replacement plan for his legacy-defining healthcare law called the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, before they vote to repeal it.
Obama also said Friday he would be willing to support dismantling his own landmark healthcare law if the GOP offers an improvement.
“I am saying to every Republican right now, if you can in fact put a plan together that is demonstrably better than what is Obamacare, I will publicly support repealing Obamacare” and replacing it with the GOP’s plan, Obama told Vox news website during a live-streamed interview from the Blair House in Washington.
“But I want to see it first,” the president added.
Obama defended his effort to provide health insurance to millions of uninsured Americans. “If we had a better way to do this, we would have done it,” he said, “because I knew I would be judged on how well it worked.”