What Happened to ‘Repeal and Replace’ Obamacare?
Posted at 6 a.m. on May 16, 2014
Despite Republicans’ mantra to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, Sahil Kapur notes that “since the health care law blew past its 7 million sign-ups target last month, Republican leaders have been noticeably more restrained in the way they talk about it, ratcheting down their public calls for repeal. Action has also slowed.”
“In the House, the GOP’s spring 2014 legislative agenda — as outlined in an April 25 memo by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) — doesn’t include any action on Obamacare.”
“House committee hearings on Obamacare are scant, with none currently scheduled.”
“The GOP’s pivot comes amid growing intra-party tension over how to deal with the law. Independent conservative experts warn that Obamacare won’t collapse on its own and that repealing it is no longer feasible as it would strip benefits from millions of Americans. It also comes after some anti-Obamacare claims on the right turned out to be inaccurate or failed to stand up to scrutiny.”