It’s been two years since then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor promised that Republicans would come up with an Obamacare replacement. Now, newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan is making the same vow, but it might actually happen this time around.
As he prepares to lead his first GOP retreat this week, Ryan has asked members to bring a variety of policy ideas, including suggestions for how to finally construct an Obamacare alternative the party can rally around. The Wednesday vote paved the way for Republicans to pass their own healthcare reform, he said.
“Most importantly, it clears the path to repealing this law with a Republican president in 2017 and replacing it with a truly patient-centered health care system,” Ryan said.