Will the GOP Repeal ACA, Replace Later?

Lacking votes, some are urging to repeal ObamaCare
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2017 3:07 PM CDT
GOP Leaders Consider ObamaCare Repeal
Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Replacing ObamaCare swiftly has proven to be trickier than GOP leaders anticipated—and now some are calling for a new strategy: a straight-up repeal. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska said as much on CNN's State of the Union Sunday, reports Politico, where he argued that "there's no reason to walk away” if Republicans can’t agree on an ACA replacement after the July 4th break. "We should do repeal with a delay." Sasse suggested canceling the Senate’s upcoming August break to work more transparently on a viable replacement plan. “Let's do this full-time, 18 hours a day, six days a week,” he said. “Let's cancel the August state work period, and let's do it in full public view."

Sasse’s sentiments echo that of President Trump, who tweeted Friday, “If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!” (In fact, he tweeted that after Sasse said something similar earlier that day.) According to the Hill, Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee and are also in favor of streamlining the process by repealing ObamaCare first, while 10 more Republican senators issued a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Friday urging him to cancel the August recess. But not everyone agrees. Per the Hill, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has come out against repealing ObamaCare without a solution in place, saying, “You can’t get rid of this. You can’t leave people without what they need.” (More ObamaCare stories.)

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