Congressional Republicans talked behind closed doors on Thursday and the general consensus is that repealing and replacing ObamaCare might not work as smoothing as Republican leaders had originally planned, The Washington Post reports.
A recording obtained by The Post included several GOP lawmakers questioning the mechanism they would use to dismantle former President Obama’s signature healthcare law, along with their plans to offer a suitable replacement.
“We’d better be sure that we’re prepared to live with the market we’ve created,” said Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.). “That’s going to be called TrumpCare. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we’ll be judged in the election less than two years away.”
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) then warned that implementing a “quick fix” for the nation’s healthcare after the Affordable Care Act could lead to big problems for his party.
“Our goal, in my opinion, should be not a quick fix,” Alexander said. “We can do it rapidly — but not a quick fix. We want a long-term solution that lowers costs.”
The meeting was in response to President Trump’s promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare with something new and what he claims will be better.
GOP lawmakers plan to repeal ObamaCare using budget reconciliation, a process requiring a simple majority vote. Meanwhile, any replacement legislation would need 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a filibuster. Republicans now hold 52 seats.
“The fact is, we cannot repeal ObamaCare through reconciliation,” McClintock said. “We need to understand exactly, what does that reconciliation market look like? And I haven’t heard the answer yet.”
Repealing ObamaCare without replacing it would strip more than 20 million Americans of their health insurance coverage.
“We’re telling those people that we’re not going to pull the rug out from under them, and if we do this too fast, we are in fact going to pull the rug out from under them,” said Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), according to the Post.
No details have yet emerged in regards to what a GOP created healthcare program might look like if enacted.
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