Forget semantics—Obamacare is doomed under Trump, Sen. John Barrasso says

Sen. Barrasso: Obamacare is over

With help from Republican lawmakers, Donald Trump as president will follow through on his campaign promise to get rid of Obamacare, Sen. John Barrasso, an orthopedic surgeon for 24 years, told CNBC on Tuesday.

Barrasso, the fourth-ranking member in the Senate GOP leadership, promised a "smooth transition" for the millions of Americans who receive health insurance through the 2010 Affordable Care Act. They won't be left out in the cold, without coverage, he added.

Trump suggested on CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday he might keep two pillars of President Barack Obama's signature health-care law — the prohibition on denials for pre-existing condition and the inclusion of coverage for children in their mid-20s under their parents' insurance.

"Don't get fixated on some of this phraseology. Obamacare is over. We promised to repeal and replace it. And that's what we're going to do," the Wyoming senator said in a "Squawk Box" interview.

Trump has said that even the "good ideas" in Obamacare need to weighed against their costs, added Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, which works to advance conservative ideas.

But until the "sledgehammer" of change happens on this "costly, complicated, and collapsing" law, Barrasso said, there are a number of measures Trump can take on Day 1 of his presidency "with the pen and the phone," including relief for Americans and businesses experiencing tough times because of the mandates.

Open enrollment for Obamacare coverage next year, which began on Nov. 1, ends on Jan. 31 — 11 days after Trump is set to be inaugurated as the nation's 45th president.

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told "Fox News Sunday" the president-elect was considering convening a special session of Congress on the day he's sworn in to repeal Obamacare.

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