Republican members of Congress on Tuesday pushed to eliminate a House GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, calling it “dead on arrival” in the Senate.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who chairs the powerful Ways and Means Committee, told the House Appropriations Committee that the repeal bill could be sent to the Senate if the Senate passes the bill.
Ryan said that the Senate should “reject” the repeal plan and pass a replacement that will provide for “the kind of coverage that our constituents deserve.”
“Let me just say right now, it’s going to be dead on arrival,” Ryan said.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., echoed Ryan’s comments, saying that Republicans will have to take a “bipartisan” approach to repealing the ACA.
“I think it’s important that we all work together and work toward a plan that has bipartisan support,” Schumer said.
“That’s what we are trying to do,” he added.
Democrats in the House and Senate were united in opposition to the House’s repeal bill.
The Senate bill would cut taxes for the middle class by $1.5 trillion over 10 years and eliminate most Obamacare mandates, including the individual mandate.
The repeal bill passed the House by a vote of 228-204.
The House’s version was amended and passed the Senate by a slim majority.