At closed meeting, GOP lawmakers discuss ACA repeal: 4 takeaways

Congressional republicans plan to repeal and replace parts of the ACA by the spring. However, a recent recording of Thursday's closed-door meeting at the Republican policy retreat in Philadelphia reveals that lawmakers are concerned about a quick push to repeal the health law, reports The Washington Post.

Here are four takeaways from the meeting.

1. In the recording, congressional Republicans appear to have doubts about how to fulfill their promise to dismantle the ACA without explicit guidance from President Donald Trump or his administration, according to the report.

2. Specifically, the report states, lawmakers wrestled with a myriad of issues, including who may end up either losing coverage or paying more under a revamped system.

3. Additionally, lawmakers expressed concerns about how to prepare a replacement plan that can be ready to launch at the time of repeal; how to avoid deep damage to the health insurance market; how to keep premiums affordable for middle-class families; how to avoid the political consequences of defunding Planned Parenthood, reports The Washington Post.

4. "We'd better be sure that we're prepared to live with the market we've created" with repeal, Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., said during Thursday's meeting, according to The Washington Post. "That's going to be called Trumpcare. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we'll be judged in the election less than two years away."

For more on this story, including comments from other lawmakers, read the full report in The Washington Post.

 

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