Republicans are seeking a second attempt to repeal and replace President Donald Trump’s Affordable Care Act by the end of the year.
A group of House conservatives on Monday introduced a bill that would repeal a portion of the Affordable Care Care Act.
The legislation is the latest effort by Republicans to take aim at the law, which has been credited with helping many Americans stay alive and prevent catastrophic events like the pandemic that swept the nation last year.
The GOP is also working on other legislation that would reshape the tax code and overhaul the federal government’s health care system.
A bipartisan group of Senate Democrats has rejected the GOP’s bill.
It’s not clear whether the Republican effort will be able to advance this time.
If it does, the GOP could have an even bigger headache next year, when the House is expected to vote on a healthcare bill.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is the only Democrat to support the bill, while Sens.
Joe Manchin (D) and Joe Donnelly (D), both moderate Republicans, are in support.
Republicans have also been pushing their own plan, which would remove the individual mandate, a provision that requires most Americans to obtain health insurance.
The measure is a potential game changer for Democrats, who have long complained about being shut out of the healthcare debate.
The effort by House conservatives and Senate Democrats also could lead to a more complicated process for drafting and approving healthcare legislation.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expected on Monday to release a detailed blueprint for the Senate healthcare legislation that could be unveiled before the end.
Republicans also hope to make it easier for the administration to negotiate healthcare agreements between private insurers and government programs.
Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, known as Obamacare, as a way to speed up the process of signing the final healthcare agreements, which could come after the election.