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Caitlin Owens Jan 11, 2017
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Moderate Republican details 3-phase plan for Obamacare repeal and replace

Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate health committee, has a new plan for how to repeal and replace Obamacare. It might be something the growing coalition of Republicans nervous about repealing now and replacing later can support.

This is how it would work:

  • First would be the "rescue" phase (detailed below)
  • Next, the GOP would come up with a replacement once markets stabilize
  • Then they'd repeal what's left of Obamacare

Will it work?: From a policy perspective, Alexander's plan, which uses both legislation and executive action, makes a lot of sense. Politically, many of its components will be way too much for conservatives to stomach. Watch to see how many moderates get on board. It won't take many to tank the leadership's plan.