Senate Republican leaders are actively exploring moving more quicker to replace key elements of Obamacare earlier in the year.
They are looking at folding some new health care provisions as part of the bill to repeal Obamacare, a proposal that Congress could enact as soon as this month as reported by CNN. It’s unclear what new provisions — if any — the GOP will ultimately include to the repeal bill.
Senator John Cornyn said the following when asked about adding new provisions in the repeal bill:
We’re looking at trying to find some way to do that. We’re looking to do as much as we can do in the (repeal) bill.
Cornyn would not specify as to which provisions of the law could be replaced immediately, largely because it depends on what would be allowed under Senate budget rules. To repeal the law, Congress plans to move first on a budget resolution that will pass as soon as next week.
After that resolution passes, Congress must pass a separate budget bill to repeal major aspects of the law — something that cannot be filibustered by Democrats under the rules of the Senate. It’s uncertain what elements of the law the GOP will initially target.
Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee warned Republicans Monday it would be “problematic,” “not very appealing” and “doesn’t seem very intelligent” to repeal the law without a replacement.
Corker told CNN:
To me, it’s much more prudent to figure out where you’re going to go from here, and attempt to do it all at the same time. People will see some of the flaws in just repealing only.