Editorial: Repeal Obamacare and replace with … nothing?

affordablecareactIt has been more than six years since the Affordable Care Act became law. During that time, Republicans in the U.S. House have voted dozens of times to repeal, defund or dismantle it. Never have they voted on a bill to replace the health reform law. Now we know why: They’re still working on coming up with a plan.

Last week The Hill reported that a group of senior House Republicans is “making headway” in crafting legislation. “Give us a little more time, another month or so,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich. “I think we’ll be pretty close to a Republican alternative.”

Upton is among a four-member task force assigned by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to develop an alternative to Obamacare. In December, Ryan vowed to reveal a plan in 2016 that would “replace every word” in the law that has been implemented in every state and insured millions of people. But apparently doing so is more challenging than anticipated. The group is still in “listening mode,” Upton said.

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