Republicans are heading into a presidential election year with still no clear plan to replace Obamacare, even though this week lawmakers were able to meet a five-year promise on a repeal bill that will likely face a veto from President Barack Obama.
“Conservatives and Republicans have been accused of not having a plan,” Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., told conservatives as part of a panel hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, reports The Hill.
“When you have [a large] number of plans and you haven’t coalesced around a plan, you don’t have any plan.”
And as long as Republicans don’t rally around one plan, “we’ll continue to be subject to the demagoguery from the other side,” said Price, a doctor who hopes to push GOP efforts this year.
There have been more than 60 votes to repeal Obamacare since it became law in 2010, but still, there have been no hearings or budget analysis on replacement bills, and leaders haven’t endorsed any provisions other than offering promises for patient-centered care.