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House GOP Group Promises Obamacare Replacement Plan in 'Month or So'

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By    |   Monday, 18 Apr 2016 09:34 AM

A four-person task force of senior Republicans in the House has promised to reveal some progress in its quest to offer a replacement for Obamacare.

"Give us some time, another month or so," said Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a member of the task force working on a replacement plan for the healthcare law, according to The Hill. "I think we're pretty close to a Republican alternative."

The House has voted more than 50 times to repeal the law, but has not voted on any legislation to replace it.

Democrats have taken aim for years at the Republicans' struggle to come up with a replacement, pointing out that any replacement would leave "tens of millions" uninsured, according to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said in December 2015 that Republicans are focused on a plan to "repeal and replace every word of Obamacare."

The group is not expected to create a bill to replace Obamacare, said Speaker Ryan's spokeswoman AshLee Strong. "The point is not to have a vote on the floor and have it go nowhere."

The GOP got attention for an Obamacare replacement last summer, but when the Supreme Court upheld the law, the GOP shelved those plans.

Policy experts told The Hill that they didn't believe a replacement plan was likely before July, when a plan would be a valuable asset for the party at its nominating convention.

Republicans have said some of Obamacare's payments to insurers are illegal, according to The Hill.

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