According to the Washington Post, the GOP lacks a plan for
The House's GOP leaders have made clear that they regard the repeal vote, scheduled to begin Tuesday, as the prelude to a two-prong strategy that is likely to last throughout the year, or longer.
They intend to take apart some of the sprawling law, which Democrats pushed through Congress last year, piece by piece before major aspects of it go into effect. At the same time, Republicans say, they will come up with their own plan to revise the health-care system, tailored along more conservative lines.
On the cusp of undertaking this work, the GOP has a cupboard of health-care ideas, most going back a decade or more. They include tax credits to help Americans afford insurance, limiting awards in medical malpractice lawsuits and unfettering consumers from rules that require them to buy state-regulated insurance policies. In broad strokes, the approach favors the health-care marketplace over government programs and rules.
House Republicans have termed their strategy "repeal and replace." But according to GOP House leaders, senior aides and conservative health policy specialists, Republicans have not distilled their ideas into a coherent plan....
"Other than Ryan, what you have is this conglomeration of bills that, when they were in the minority, [Republicans had] no hope it was going to go anywhere," said Joseph Antos, a health-care scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. "The challenge now is, what is the bill? What is the idea?"
Which we already knew. The lack of any coherent plan from the GOP was obvious more than a year ago, when they released what passed for their "plan," which did nothing to expand coverage or reform insurance company practices or make coverage more affordable for anyone. Voters have started asking about what the GOP plans after repeal. When even the American Enterprise Institute acknowledges the bankruptcy of ideas for Republican policy, they might have promised a bit too far on this one.