Republican leaders still don't have much of an answer about when an Obamacare repeal is coming. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told Caitlin Tuesday that we'll see legislation in the next 30 to 60 days, but that was only a day after he told The Hill it'd "hopefully" come in the next 30 days. Politico's Jennifer Haberkorn reports that the House is closing in on four replacement ideas to move first, none of which is a big surprise: expanded health savings accounts, high-risk pools to cover sick people, a rewrite of Medicaid, and tax credits to help people buy health insurance.
Some dismiss the perceived lack of progress due to the complexities of governing. Others blame Obamacare. "It took us seven years to get us into this mess and it's going to take us a little while longer to get out," Cornyn said. (The flip side, as conservative groups are already pointing out to the Republicans, is that they've had seven years to figure out a plan.)
What to watch next:
- The Senate is waiting for the House.
- The House Budget Committee is waiting for the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees.
- If Tom Price is confirmed as Health and Human Services secretary — which could happen in the early morning hours Friday — watch for the agency's next executive actions that don't need Congress.