In the final months of the Obama administration, Republicans and their allies have tried to make it clear they are willing to keep the law’s most popular provisions intact.
But as it stands, they’re still working to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement.
| AP Photo GOP pushes repeal bill without replacement without GOP support The Senate has not passed a replacement bill in the first two months of this year.
The House is expected to vote this week on its own bill, though there’s little indication it will be able to muster enough support to pass.
The Senate’s bill would replace a number of parts of the Affordable Health Care Act, including Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, and a ban on insurers denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
But there is no clear plan to replace those elements, and the GOP leadership is not backing down on its insistence that the GOP-controlled Congress must take care of them.
The president’s approval ratings remain high, and GOP leaders are pushing hard to pass a bill that could help them in 2018, when they are expected to control the Senate and House.
But even as they try to build support, some GOP lawmakers say they’re not willing to concede on repealing and replacing Obamacare, even if it means letting it expire for at least two years.
“We have to keep it.
It’s a piece of legislation,” said Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, the top Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
“I can’t get into specifics.
It depends on what the next president wants.
But we can’t let the bill get out of hand.
We have to get it done.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he will work with Republicans on repealing the ACA and passing a replacement measure.
But the president is not a “core Republican” who can be counted on to support their efforts.
He has been criticized for not holding a public vote on the repeal legislation and has repeatedly criticized Republicans for not passing a bipartisan health care bill.
He said that his top priority was to move quickly to pass an Obamacare replacement bill, not get a replacement passed before he leaves office in January 2019.
The Trump administration has not publicly said how it plans to proceed.
“The President is very clear about the direction that we want to go,” said Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong.
“And we’re going to move forward with that.”