GOP to prioritize ACA replacement at annual Philadelphia retreat

House and Senate Republicans plan to dedicate significant time during their annual policy retreat to crafting an ACA replacement plan, according to a report from CNN.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said there are many replacement ideas out there, but conservatives are waiting to work with the administration on a final proposal. "As all of us have said repeatedly: it will be done in consultation with the new secretary of [HHS], the new head of [CMS] and active discussion among House and Senate Republicans, because we anticipate no cooperation from the other side," Sen. McConnell said, according to the report.

Republicans will have a chance to work with President Donald Trump during the Philadelphia retreat, which begins Wednesday. The president will spend two hours with the lawmakers Thursday morning, according to the report. President Trump promised to roll out a plan as soon as Rep. Tom Price, MD, R-Ga., is confirmed as secretary of HHS, which CNN says "is unlikely until at least a week after the retreat."

However, many lawmakers hope to hear what President Trump has planned and come closer to a solid plan. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said "I'm hopeful for a very definitive solution on what we replace the ACA with and not just a framework," according to the report.

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