In a video compilation on the Washington Post, some Republicans floated the idea lawmakers should proceed with repealing the Affordable Care Act without replacing it in the same bill.
President Donald Trump first mentioned such an approach last week.
“If the replacement part is too difficult for Republicans to come together, then let’s go back and take care of the first step and repeal,” White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short said during an interview with Fox News. “And then at that point, if you’ve repealed it, you can come back with a replacement effort that could be more bipartisan.”
“If we can do a combine repeal and replace over the next week, that’s great,” Republican Sen. Ben Sasse said in an inverview with CNN. “If we can’t, though, then there’s no reason to walk away; we should do repeal with a delay.
“Let’s be clear, I don’t want to see anybody thrown off the coverage they have now, but I think we should get to work at around-the-clock hearings on the replace plan,” Sasse added.