ACA Repeal Bill Goes to Obama, but What About Replacement?

Lindsey McPherson | Roll Call | January 6, 2015

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 6: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., left, speaks with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., following the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans on Wednesday celebrated achievement of a long-held goal to send a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act to President Barack Obama’s desk, but now they must decide whether they can, or should send him an alternative health care plan.

That question has many different answers, depending whom you ask, and will likely not be decided until after a bicameral GOP retreat in Baltimore on Jan. 13-15. But House Republicans say they are committed to at least putting out an alternative plan to show voters what Congress could do with the help of a Republican president in 2017.

“We’re going to show our hand; it’s not going to be cards close to vests,” said House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, whose panel shares jurisdiction over health care with the Ways and Means and Education and the Workforce committees.

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