GOP roiled by dispute over plan to repeal Affordable Care Act — how the party moves forward.
After years of voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, congressional Republicans are stumbling now that they have majorities in Congress as well as a chief executive ready to sign their bill.
After weeks of behind-the-scenes bill-writing, House Republicans released their long-awaited repeal bill of the ACA, aka Obamacare, late on Monday. The bill — known as the American Health Care Act — was, admittedly, only one part of a three-step process.
It faced massive opposition from both the moderate and conservative wings of the GOP almost immediately. Moderates howled over the draw-down of Medicaid expansion in the leadership bill. Conservatives slammed how much of the original law would be left in place, the lack of movement on key free market promises, and new provisions seen as expanding government control over the health care system.
What now to do in 2017 depends on which Republican you ask. Members of President Donald Trump’s administration and House Republican leadership will say this bill has a way forward and that repeal and health care reform cannot be done at once.
Conservative congressional members and activist groups believe full and unconditional repeal is an immediate must.