The House is pretty sure to approve the budget resolution starting the Obamacare repeal process today — but what's the next step? That part got a lot harder after President-elect Trump's mixed signals this week about how he wants to move forward. Caitlin Owens reports that the original plan was for the House to move first, voting to gut key pieces of the law the second or third week of February, followed by the Senate.
Then, Trump started talking about his timeline, and things got confusing.
- Tuesday: Trump said he wanted to repeal the law, then replace it quickly afterwards.
- Wednesday: Trump said a replacement plan will be introduced as soon as Tom Price is confirmed as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. When that will happen is still TBD.
Senate moderates and House conservatives say they want to repeal and replace the law at the same time, or at least have a replacement ready by the time they vote to repeal. So that means to get everyone on the same page, there needs to be a replacement ready to go. Right now, there are lots of outlines, but nothing written, analyzed and ready to become law.