President Obama will head to Capitol Hill next week to meet with Democratic lawmakers to discuss a strategy to fight the ObamaCare repeal effort, according to a congressional aide.
Obama will hold a joint meeting with House and Senate Democrats at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Capitol Visitor Center auditorium. The notice for the meeting says the session is expected to last “at least one hour.”
Republicans are moving forward quickly with plans to repeal ObamaCare. They plan to vote on a budget resolution setting in motion a fast-track process for repeal of much of the healthcare law in early January.
Still, Republicans are planning to delay the date of repeal going into effect in an effort to buy time to come up with a replacement plan.

Republicans do not need Democratic votes to repeal the core of the law through the special process known as reconciliation, which allows the measure to advance with a simple majority in the Senate.

Powerless against a reconciliation bill, Democrats are trying to gin up political pressure to try and stop the Republican push.

Democratic leaders have organized rallies against repeal for Jan. 15, and pro-ObamaCare groups have launched ads in states with Republican senators that they think are most likely to be swayed. Those states include Arizona and Nevada, home to the two 2018 Senate races where Democrats are seen as having some chance of picking up a seat.

Democrats argue that Republicans should not repeal the law, even on a delay, and jeopardize healthcare for more than 20 million people until they have put forward a replacement plan.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell met with congressional Democrats on repeal earlier this month.

She distributed materials about the HHS “Coverage Matters” campaign, which features stories from ObamaCare enrollees, as well as a study from the Urban Institute showing that about 30 million people would lose coverage under repeal.

Once repeal passes, Republicans are likely to need some Democratic votes in the Senate on a replacement bill, which would require the usual 60 votes.
Some Senate Democrats have left the door open to working on a replacement plan, though they are skeptical that Republicans will put forward a new system that would provide the same level of coverage as ObamaCare.
The meeting with Obama and Democrats was first reported by Politico.
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