Repeal Still On Hold?
No repeal quite yet:
President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he wants to repeal and replace the law at effectively the same time. To make that happen, lawmakers are accelerating the development of the replacement plan — and slowing down the law’s repeal.Time for a plan B, if there is one?
“We’re speeding up replacement because most senators I talk with want to have a pretty good idea of what the replacement’s going to be before we vote for a repeal,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate health panel, told reporters this week. “Plus we don’t want any of the repeal to take effect until there are concrete, practical alternatives in place.”
But crafting a new health-care system is a complicated endeavor — it took more than a year for the Democratic-controlled Congress to pass the Affordable Care Act under President Barack Obama — and one on which Republicans have many ideas but little consensus. They are expected to discuss the issue more at the House-Senate joint GOP retreat on Thursday, but are unlikely to produce legislation in time for the Friday deadline.