“Republicans aim to start Obamacare repeal in January. Republicans on Capitol Hill are growing confident that they can begin to repeal Obamacare once President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in, along with a pledge to replace it later.
How it would work. Republicans are coalescing around two possible paths, Jen reports.
— Strike down large parts of law through budget reconciliation: Republicans would likely pass the repeal — perhaps in early January, so Trump could have it on his desk within minutes of swearing the oath of office — but delay the effective date until a replacement is devised, which could shield the GOP from an immediate backlash that could result from taking insurance away from millions of Americans.
— Enact smaller piecemeal repeals. For instance, GOP lawmakers could strike down deeply unpopular parts of the law, such as the individual mandate.
But both paths carry political risks, and Democrats and activists vow to fight the proposals.”
Source: Politico.com – November 17, 2016