Transcript for President-Elect Donald Trump Calls for Immediate Repeal of Obamacare
Now to the message from president-elect Donald Trump tonight to fellow Republicans he says repeal Obamacare, but replace it right away. Tonight, is that even possible with more than 20 million Americans who depend on it now wondering, what is the plan when it goes away? Here's our chief white house correspondent correspondent, Jonathan Karl. Reporter: David, this speech is usually given in DC but president Obama breaking tradition by speaking from Chicago, posting this explanation. We will repeal and replace Obamacare. Reporter: With "The New York Times," says it will repeal next week, and be replaced shortly thereafter. He issued a odds with Republican plans, and we will be followed with week, if not, months of debate. Why no plan to replace it? We have a plan to replace it. We have plenty of ideas, and you will see as the weeks and months unfold. Reporter: It's politically risky for Republicans because while Obamacare isn't particularly popular, it has helped an estimated 20 million Americans get health coverage. Donald Trump said there were parts he would keep. Are you going to make sure that people with pre-kons are still covered? Yes. It happens to be one of the strongest assets. Also with the children living with their parents for an extended period. Reporter: Trump acknowledged the tricky politics, saying, be careful. He said that Republicans will be blamed for any problems caused by appeal. Now they're going to own it and all the problems in the health care system. Reporter: Trump today is promising to campaign against those who stand in his way. Very clear they can repeal this. Jon Karl with us. Will they have enough votes from both Republicans and Democrats to replace it with something? They don't have it now, David. They can repeal it with 51 votes in the senate. They need 60 votes to pass it. There are only 52 repuicans. They don't have consent among those Republicans yet, let alone getting the democratic votes needed. This idea of getting it done in a couple of weeks, nobody I have spoken to in congress thinks that's possible. Always good to have you with us, Jon.
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