GOP makes plans to draft their alternative to the Affordable Care Act

Sarah Ferris  --- The Hill 

A trio of Republican committee chairmen will immediately get to work on drafting the party’s ObamaCare backup plan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced Friday.

The working group is forming one day after McCarthy announced the House would vote next week to fully repeal ObamaCare, marking the first repeal vote of the GOP-controlled Congress. 

McCarthy said Friday that the party “recognizes that full repeal requires a thoughtful replacement strategy.”

The group, which includes Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), will also be charged with creating a “contingency plan” to prepare for a looming Supreme Court decision that could undo Obamacare subsidies in 34 states.

The case, King v. Burwell, was a major point of discussion during the Republican party’s joint retreat in Hershey, Pa., earlier this month. The court challenge has prompted new criticism of the GOP for lacking a comprehensive ObamaCare backup plan. One Senate GOP aide said recently the party lacks “any coherent response” to the case.

In addition to Ryan, the two other chairmen shaping the ObamaCare alternative will be Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), and Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.).

Earlier this week, Upton sent a letter to the Obama administration demanding to know how it planned to respond if it lost in King v. Burwell. 

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