President Donald Trump made the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare a priority up and down the campaign trail, and he carried forth that purpose with him when he was sworn into office.
GOP lawmakers have been unable to come up with a solution that works for all, and members of the party seem split on the best course of action.
On the one hand, we have those that want to work directly with Democrats to find a solution.
Since the Democrats are perfectly content to obstruct anything and everything that the GOP suggests, we can safely assume that there’s a better chance of hell freezing over.
On the other hand, there’s a growing sentiment that ObamaCare should simply be repealed as a first step, as a replacement can be sought once that’s out of the way.
As The Hill explains, Republicans are beginning to weigh their options in the event that the replacement bill fails to pass.
All the talk of a backup plan comes as Republicans remain divided and well short of the needed votes to pass the current replacement bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
McConnell is trying to save the bill with concessions to both moderates and conservatives, but satisfying both sides could prove difficult.
Meanwhile, Washington is trying to game out how a possible bipartisan bill on ObamaCare — something that has rarely happened since Democrats passed the law in 2010 — would work.
The repeal and replace later option seems to be gaining steam, and it may make the most sense in the current political climate.
However, there’s some risk to that strategy as well, as Democrats will undoubtedly pounce on the repeal and drag their feet on coming together on a replacement. In short, business as usual on the Left.
We’ll have to wait and see how this all plays out, but it’s nonetheless encouraging to see the dialogue taking place on the GOP side.
Source: The Hill