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Senate HELP Committee Chairman Says Replacing Obamacare Could Take Years

obamacare-repeal-2Washington, DC, November 21, 2016 — Jordain Carney reports in The Hill that Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), the Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, is predicting it will take years to repeal and replace Obamacare, with Republicans needing support from Democrats to approve a new healthcare law.

“I imagine [it] will take several years to completely make that sort of transition to make sure we do no harm, create a good healthcare system that everyone has access to and we repeal the parts of ObamaCare that need to be repealed,” Chairman Alexander told reporters on Thursday.

Alexander said approving an alternative to the Affordable Care Act is hard because lawmakers have “spent six years as the Hatfields and the McCoys, you know, adopting our positions and shooting at each other.”

The GOP senator believes that the process to repeal and replace Obamacare — which GOP leadership has pledged to do for years — would be incremental and would require support from Democrats. If senators take a replacement law through “regular order” in the Senate they would need to be able to overcome a 60-vote procedural threshold.

“Eventually, we’ll need 60 votes to complete the process of replacing ObamaCare and repealing it because ObamaCare was not passed by reconciliation; it was passed by 60 votes. And it was cleaned up by reconciliation because Scott Brown won his election,” he said.

Alexander offered few details on what a GOP replacement would look like, but stressed that more decision-making power should go back to the states and Americans shouldn’t expect “McConnellCare” to replace President Obama’s signature healthcare law.

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