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House GOP to release plan for health care reform repeal

Posted On: Jun. 17, 2016 12:00 AM CST

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives next week will unveil their plan to replace the 2010 health care reform law.

“Next week, we will release a plan to not just repeal, but also replace Obamacare,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Thursday at a news conference, referring to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The proposal will be released Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based conservative think tank.

The proposal, observers say, is more for discussion purposes rather than the start of a new GOP drive — during the remaining weeks of the congressional session — to repeal the ACA.

Indeed, Rep. Ryan said, following President Barack Obama's successful veto earlier this year of a Republican-backed measure that would have repealed key parts of the health reform law, such as the employer mandate, that the GOP would wait until 2017 to resume a repeal drive.

“So what we are proving today is if we have a Republican president next year, we will repeal Obamacare,” Rep. Ryan said after the veto.

Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential candidate, backs ACA repeal.