Showdown Begins Over Obamacare

President Obama met with congressional Democrats to urge them to protect the ACA, while Mike Pence met with GOP members to push for a repeal.
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here with that showdown. 16 days now until Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president, but it was the current president who went to capitol hill today, coaching Democrats on how to save key parts of Obamacare. 20 million Americans insured because of it, but there was someone else on the hill too. The vice president-elect, Mike pence revealing that president-elect trump is considering executive action on this on day one. But even Mr. Trump appears aware that millions of Americans with preexisting conditions, and millions of young parents covered on their parents' plans are watching this closely. The president of had elect with a warning to his own party with a tweet. We begin with ABC's Mary Bruce tonight. Reporter: President Obama arriving on capitol hill rallying Democrats to defend his signature healthcare law. Happy new year. Mr. President what can you do to stop the repeal? Reporter: That's the big question, but from the president, no answer. Just four days after his successor doubled down on his promise to take down Obamacare. We're going to get rid of Obamacare. Reporter: Today the president huddling with congressional Democrats for the first time in over a year. What's your advice for Democrats on to fight? Look out for the American people. Reporter: On the opposite side of the capitol, a very different scene. Vice president Mike pence meeting with house Republicans announcing Donald Trump is working on a series of executive orders to start rolling back Obamacare on day one. Make no mistake about it, we're going to repeal Obamacare, and replace it with solutions that lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government. Reporter: Republicans have been offering those ideas again and again literally every year since obamcare was first signed into law. But the fact is, though Republicans have voted to repeal the heathcare law more than 60 times they still have not agreed on an alternative I put that question to house speaker Paul Ryan. But why still no plan to replace it? We have plan to replace it, we have plenty of ideas to replace it, and you'll see as the weeks and months unfold. What we're talking about replacing it. Reporter: Even some rank-and-file Republicans are passing the buck. Republicans have had years to mull this over why still is there no cohesion around the best way to do this? As you know I've been here 22 years, I ain't in the leadership. Not on you? Right! Reporter: Democrats are openly attacking Republicans for having no clear plan. Their message today, you break it, you buy it. And Obamacare will become trump care. Now they are going to own it! Reporter: The president-elect, perhaps, seeing that too today issuing a warning for his own party. Tweeting "Republicans must be careful in that Democrats own the failed Obamacare disaster." Adding "Obamacare will fall of its own weight - be careful!" Trump has said that his own conversations with president Obama have convinced him to keep two of the plan's most popular provisions. Are you going to make sure that people with pre-conditions are still covered? Yes. Because it happens to be one of the strongest assets. You're going to keep it? Also, with the children living with their parents for an extended period. Reporter: Still, tonight more than 20 million people covered by Obamacare are left wondering what comes next. All right. So let's get to Mary Bruce live on capitol hill tonight, and tonight, the president-elect tweeting to Republicans they need to be careful about how they repeal Obamacare. It would appear he is aware that millions would ask what's the replacement, and there was talk today on executive action on day one? Reporter: While a president trump could take executive action, trump is aware of the potential political consequences of this fight. Republicans here are saying they want to phase out Obamacare over several years, giving them time to come up with a comprehensive replacement and ensuring Americans don't feel like the rug is pulled out from under them.

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