GOP Split Over Obamacare Alternatives

Wall Street Journal: “A month before the Supreme Court is expected to rule on a key component of the Affordable Care Act, congressional Republicans are split over their strategy for handling the possible fallout.”

“Republicans, who control both houses of Congress, are divided over whether to extend temporarily the health law’s tax credits if the court voids them in most of the country. An extension, some lawmakers say, would buy them time to enact a broader overhaul of the 2010 health law they have long opposed.”

“But some conservatives want the Republican Party to hold firm and refuse any reauthorization of the credits for the law they call ‘Obamacare.’”

“That group of more than 30 lawmakers hasn’t taken a formal position on the issue, but conservative opposition could make it hard to pass legislation in the House.”

“’That view suggests Obamacare was the right answer and that’s not what Republicans promised last fall,’ said Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R., Kan.). ‘This is a golden opportunity. If Republicans squander this opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare, they squander an opportunity to actually win the White House. It’s not the time to support and extend Obamacare.’”

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