The GOP is considering moving ahead with a plan to roll back the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, in what could be the most sweeping and drastic legislative move yet by the Trump administration.
Lawmakers are considering moving forward with a proposal to scrap all of the parts of the ACA, including the individual and employer mandates, the Medicaid expansion, and the insurance exchanges.
That would leave roughly 5 million fewer people with coverage.
Democrats are likely to balk at the idea, given that Republicans in Congress have repeatedly voted to repeal Obamacare.
But Republicans have long been trying to undo major parts of Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment, the Affordable Healthcare Act.
Republicans have also pushed legislation that would dramatically cut Medicaid and create a new health insurance exchange called the HealthCare.gov website.
They say the exchange will give Americans access to a more comprehensive array of health insurance options.
The White House says the new exchange would help consumers compare health plans.
But the proposal is still at least three years away, and there is no guarantee that Republicans will succeed in repealing the law.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, said Thursday that Republicans would consider repealing parts of Obamacare at some point, but that they would do it in a more bipartisan way.
“This is going to be a bipartisan process, and we’re going to do it by getting everybody together,” McCarthy told reporters.
“There are going to have to be some tweaks, and some changes to the process, but it will be an inclusive process,” he added.
The proposal has drawn strong opposition from Republican lawmakers.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has pushed to dismantle the law, called it a “fraudulent, illegal scheme” and “the worst piece of legislation in modern history.”
“Obamacare is a failed and broken scheme,” Ryan said in a statement.
“Congress needs to repeal it and replace it with something that works.”