House majority whip promises entitlement reform, ACA repeal in 2018

Republicans will aim to reform entitlements and try to repeal and replace the ACA in 2018, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said, according to The Hill.

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., made similar claims about the GOP's goals to rethink Medicare and Medicaid in a December interview. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., broke from Mr. Ryan and said he doubts Republicans would be able to muster bipartisan support for the reform.

Mr. Scalise hopes Congress can follow through on repeal and replace efforts that passed the House in 2017 but stalled in the Senate.

"Now we need to go and fix the things wrong in healthcare that are jacking up the costs, so lets get back to work on some of those things, like what we passed in the House, that almost passed in the Senate, so that we can get our healthcare system working and rebuild a private marketplace," Mr. Scalise said.

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