GOP on Health Care: Repeal Quickly, Replace Slowly

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Congressional Republicans intend to seek quick repeal of any parts of the health care law that survive a widely anticipated Supreme Court ruling, but don't plan to push replacement measures until after the fall elections or perhaps 2013.

Instead, GOP lawmakers cite recent announcements that some insurers will retain a few of the law's higher-profile provisions as evidence that quick legislative action is not essential. Those are steps that officials say Republicans urged in private conversations with the industry.

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a member of the GOP leadership, says that once the Supreme Court issues a ruling, "the goal is to repeal anything that is left standing."

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