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Republicans Plan To Start Repealing ACA In January.
Congressional Quarterly (11/16, Siddons, Adams, Subscription Publication) reports that GOP committee aides say Republicans are mulling several options for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, “with an eye toward making sure that people don’t lose their insurance coverage.” For their part, “Democratic aides urged congressional Republicans to listen to President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises when pursuing a health care overhaul of their own.”
Politico (11/16, Haberkorn) reports Congressional Republicans are “confident that they can begin to repeal” the Affordable Care Act with the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, and “pledge to replace it later.” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate HELP Committee, said, “I think we could move forward in January on some aspects of repeal but we need to make sure that we are helping people and that we do no harm.” Republicans may approve a repeal “but delay the effective date for a year or two,” or may repeal “smaller but deeply unpopular parts of the law, such as the individual mandate.” Sen. Alexander said, “we may have to complete the repeal step by step.” Congressional Republicans expect Trump to act immediately “to peel apart other pieces of the law” through executive actions.
The Washington Examiner (11/16, Ferrechio) reports Republicans in Congress are considering “a plan to repeal Obamacare before President-elect Donald Trump takes office,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) said on Wednesday. For the plan to succeed, Republicans would have to use a budgetary maneuver called reconciliation, which requires only 51 votes, instead of 60. According to Cornyn, “We can go ahead and repeal Obamacare as we’ve done before...but with the likelihood that this time President Trump would actually sign it into law.”