What's next from Republicans on healthcare  

Republicans in Congress may be ready to lay the ACA repeal and replace rhetoric to rest, The Hill reports.

Their plan to dismantle the law failed last term and cost them 40 seats in the House. With the 2020 election coming up, pollsters and strategists told The Hill that Republicans are likely to shift their healthcare message to focus more on affordability than insurance coverage.  

The Hill named Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD, R-La., and Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., as congressmen to watch as the GOP healthcare strategy unfolds. Dr. Cassidy serves on both the finance and health committees, and has co-sponsored seven bills to reduce healthcare costs, several with Democrats. Sen. Alexander, who will retire at the end of this term, is not concerned with re-election, which could make him the ideal leader to broker a deal, The Hill notes. He has already tapped the American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution — think tanks from both sides of the aisle — to submit ideas to lower costs by March 1.

Read more about the GOP healthcare strategy here.


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