The following is an excerpt from Kelsey Snell, Sean Sullivan and Amy Goldstein | January 10, 2017 | Thewashingtonpost.com |
After years of promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a growing number of Republicans are balking at the prospect of doing so quickly without a firm plan to replace it.
As the Senate prepares to vote Wednesday to set in motion a way to eliminate the landmark health-care bill, some Republicans are worried about the political fallout and uncertainty of starting to roll back Obamacare without knowing how the process will end.
President-elect Donald J. Trump was among the Republicans expressing concern Tuesday.
“I feel that repeal and replace have to be together, for very simply, I think that the Democrats should want to fix Obamacare,” Trump said in an interview with The New York Times. “They cannot live with it, and they have to go together.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) insisted Tuesday that they have no intention of moving ahead with repeal without a consensus replacement plan. But some Republicans remained concerned about taking a single vote before they get through what is likely to be an extremely difficult process of producing an alternative.
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