Some fear losing momentum to undo the Affordable Care Act as more GOP members sound cautious notes
Republicans Jim Jordan, left, and Thomas Massie. Rep. Jordan said conservatives are alarmed about talk from centrist Republicans of stopping short of a full repeal of the ACA. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press
WASHINGTON—Conservative Republicans, worried about growing voices within the party advising or accepting a slower pace for repealing the Affordable Care Act, are redoubling their push to speed the GOP’s long-desired goal.
President Donald Trump on Sunday became the latest top Republican to sound cautious notes about the party’s ability to rapidly repeal large swaths of the 2010 health law and enact its own vision. He told Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly that “maybe it’ll take until sometime into next year,” saying repeal and replacement was “statutorily” difficult to accomplish quickly.
The remarks reflected the unforgiving congressional math hamstringing the Republican efforts. The party has a narrow 52-48 vote majority in the Senate, and a handful of centrist Senate Republicans have already demanded that the party have a replacement in hand for the health law, sometimes called Obamacare, before they vote to void it.