On Monday, President Donald Trump sent a tweet praising his newly launched campaign pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act and promised to “repeal and replace it.”
The tweet comes as his newly-created “Pledge to Replace” website is gaining steam.
The president’s tweet was followed by another from his wife Melania, who also praised the president for the “great gesture.”
Melania Trump wrote that the president’s “great move” was to “make a commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
The new campaign pledge, which is part of Trump’s “Pilot Program for Repealing and Replacing the ACA,” has drawn criticism from both conservatives and moderates.
Conservative commentator Dana Perino called it “unnecessary,” and wrote that while the president is “probably right” to be making a pledge, he should be making it in a way that helps the country instead of hurting it.
“The pledge was designed to help the American people understand what they could do about repealing and replacing Obamacare.
It has now been hijacked by those who would hurt the American economy,” Perino wrote.”
It is unclear how he could possibly make the same pledge to help a single family in one small town in Iowa,” Perini continued.”
There is nothing in his pledge to replace Obamacare that would help Americans and that is a clear violation of his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.”
Conservative commentator and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly also criticized the campaign pledge.
“First off, there is no way to repeal Obamacare.
The only way to do it is to have a national debate about the merits of Obamacare.
So, it’s really the only way you can make that pledge,” O’Rell told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren on Monday.”
I don’t think it’s wise to do that,” O