GOP heads to Philly to talk ACA repeal

Jan. 25, 2017
Congressional Republicans are heading to Philadelphia for their annual retreat to discuss a broad policy agenda. High on the list of topics to discuss will be how Republicans can repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act without hurting Americans who currently have coverage under the law. Shortly after the retreat, lawmakers will hold hearings and draft legislation that would repeal and replace the ACA. The House Budget Committee will hold a hearing on Jan. 31, titled "The Failures of Obamacare: Harmful Effects and Broken Promises.” The House Ways and Means Committee will also begin examining the 'effectiveness of the individual mandate.'

Per the recently passed fiscal 2017 budget resolution, the Senate Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees and the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees have been tasked with drafting budget reconciliation bills that would include details on repealing the ACA by Jan. 27. However, it is unlikely that the committees will meet the deadline.