If Republicans Repeal Health Law, Paying For A Replacement Could Be Tough

House Speaker Paul Ryan signed legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Jan. 7, 2016. President Obama vetoed the bill, but the new administration could open the door for change.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan signed legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Jan. 7, 2016. President Obama vetoed the bill, but the new administration could open the door for change.

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Leading Republicans in Congress have vowed that even if they repeal most of the Affordable Care Act early in 2017, a replacement won’t hurt those now receiving benefits.

Republicans will seek to ensure that “no one is worse off,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in an interview with a Wisconsin newspaper in early December. “The purpose here is to bring relief to people who are suffering from Obamacare so that they can get something better.”

But that may be difficult for one big reason: Republicans have also pledged to repeal the taxes that Democrats used to pay for their health law. Without that

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/12/23/506616208/if-republicans-repeal-health-law-paying-for-a-replacement-could-be-tough?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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