The Washington Post: Behind closed doors, Republican lawmakers fret about how to repeal Obamacare

Why don’t you just drop it then? Seems an awful hassle, Republicans. We’ll just hang on to the Affordable Care Act, and we’ll forget the whole thing ever happened. Forgive and forget, yeah?

“The recording reveals a GOP that appears to be filled with doubts about how to make good on a long-standing promise to get rid of Obamacare without explicit guidance from President Trump or his administration. The thorny issues with which lawmakers grapple on the tape — including who may end up either losing coverage or paying more under a revamped system — highlight the financial and political challenges that flow from upending the current law.

Senators and House members expressed a range of concerns about the task ahead: how to prepare a replacement plan that can be ready to launch at the time of repeal; how to avoid deep damage to the health insurance market; how to keep premiums affordable for middle-class families; even how to avoid the political consequences of defunding Planned Parenthood, the women’s health-care organization, as many Republicans hope to do with the repeal of the ACA.”

Full article here.

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