(After the House adopts the Senate version)
Good Evening fellow Americans and Republicans,
The Republican controlled House and Senate have placed on my desk a Repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which I believe has been the most important thing done during my administration. [why it is important, blah blah blah]
I believe in Democracy and I do hear the voices of those that want to strip away health coverage from the weakest and most defenseless in our society. I don’t believe those voices represent the majority of Americans.
I will never agree to a repeal of the affordable care act, but neither will I oppose the majority of Americans that Republicans believe they represent.
The process for putting bills into law gives me 4 options. I can sign the repeal, which I will not do. I could veto the bill and the repeal won’t happen – but I won’t do that either.
If I do nothing, after 10 days, the repeal becomes law without my signature, leaving Republicans completely responsible for the consequences. If we break our word with Health Insurance providers, they assure me all individual policies for 2016 will be cancelled immediately as the US government will have breached our contract with them to cover their underwriting losses.
The fourth option is called a pocket veto. If I do not sign the repeal and Congress adjourns in less than 10 days, The bill does not become law. Republicans will essentially veto their own repeal bill.
So my fellow Americans [and supporters in the Media]. It is time to tell Congress your opinion, either for or against. The only situation in which I will sign a veto is if the Republican leadership asks publicly that I veto their repeal bill. The responsibility is entirely theirs.
Good Night America, and may God protect the children and the helpless…