As voter anxiety over Obamacare‘s implementation rises, congressional Republicans are moving to fix portions of the law that led to the cancelation of hundreds of thousands insurance policies nationwide while reaffirming their commitment to repeal the statute and replace it with conservative reforms.
In the Senate, that has meant a reprisal of the Republican health care working group, run by GOP Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso of Wyoming. During the debate over the legislation that in 2010 became the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans used this forum to plot political strategy and develop alternative health reform to counter President Obama’s. The circumstances are somewhat different this time around, but the working group’s mission hasn’t changed.
Barrasso, an orthopedic surgeon, told theWashington Examiner that he is leading an effort to draft a “framework” for legislation that could replace Obamacare. The senator declined to provide details, but said it would ultimately prove to Americans that Republicans “actually have solutions that will work to help bring down the cost of care, to let people have quality care, to deal with issues like pre-existing conditions.”