Pence Talks ObamaCare, Romney as SecState, Hamilton

Repeal is job No. 1, says VP-elect
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2016 9:26 AM CST
Pence: Job No. 1 Is Repeal ObamaCare
President-elect Donald Trump pauses to talk to media as he walks with Vice President-elect Mike Pence to his motorcade at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, NJ, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Priority No. 1 in Donald Trump's White House is making ObamaCare go away, says Mike Pence in his first interview as vice president-elect. "Decisions have been made by the president-elect that he wants to focus out of the gate on repealing ObamaCare and beginning the process of replacing ObamaCare with the kind of free-market solutions that he campaigned on," Pence told Fox News Sunday, per Politico. "From there we will work on issues ranging from ending illegal immigration, reviving our economy through tax reform, rebuilding the military, restoring the infrastructure of this country." Chuck Schumer was unimpressed, telling Fox that Senate Democrats are "not going to repeal or help him (Trump) repeal ObamaCare." Other highlights from Pence's comments:

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  • On the whole Hamilton brouhaha: "I wasn’t offended by what was said. I’ll leave it to others whether that was the appropriate venue to say it." (Trump, meanwhile, doubled down on his call for an apology.)
  • On Mitt Romney's meeting Saturday with Trump: The two had a "warm and a substantive exchange" and "I know he’s under active consideration to be the Secretary of State."
(Read more Mike Pence stories.)

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