Republicans Start Small on ObamaCare, Cross Fingers for Court Intervention

Republican leaders have yet to spell out their strategy for tackling ObamaCare now that they control Congress, and so far have pursued a piecemeal approach — but are crossing their fingers that a looming Supreme Court case will give them an opening to unravel the law.

GOP leaders huddled this week at a retreat in Hershey, Pa., where the Affordable Care Act was a chief topic.

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, on Thursday called ObamaCare a “terrible law” that needs to be replaced because it’s “beyond repair.”

But Ryan also said he did not have a “timeline” for doing so.

Leaders still say they want to repeal the law. But while the 114th Congress kicked off with major statements on energy and immigration — the House voted recently to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and reverse President Obama’s immigration actions — proposals pertaining to ObamaCare have been far more modest.