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The White House's new health-care webpage only talks about how bad ObamaCare is, offers no specifics on GOP plan

The week before Senate Republicans hope to vote on the GOP-backed American Health Care Act, the White House on Wednesday unveiled a new webpage all about repealing and replacing ObamaCare. The only problem? It offers absolutely no details on how Republicans plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Instead, the page focuses only on how terrible the White House thinks ObamaCare has been for America. The introduction slams the Affordable Care Act for raising premiums, making deductibles "unaffordable," and leaving Americans with "fewer insurance choices and higher taxes." That's followed up with a video outlining how ObamaCare "has failed the American people" and some facts about how many Americans it's failed. There's even an ObamaCare "fact of the day."

However, the biggest indication of what President Trump and Republicans will do to fix "this disaster" is a line reiterating that Trump has pledged to repeal and replace ObamaCare. "[A]nd that is exactly what he is working with Congress to achieve," the webpage says.

Of course, there could be an explanation for this ambiguity: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer admitted at a press briefing Tuesday that he "doesn't know" if Trump has actually seen Senate Republicans' draft health-care bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who along with his aides has written the entire bill behind closed doors, has promised people can finally see the bill Thursday.