Congressional Republicans seem ready to abolish and replace ObamaCare, in a critical election year in which Democrats hold the GOP responsible for rising health insurance costs.
A coalition of conservative groups has allegedly been working behind the scenes for months to draft a measure that would happen in Congress, and in particular one that collects bipartisan support and through the Senate, where President's repeal-replace efforts Trump and virtually every elected Republican in Washington failed July 2017.
Several people familiar with the new effort said this week that they have senators ready to sponsor the legislation, and express their confidence, that their state plan will go where others have failed.
Democrats, in their efforts to take control of the House and in a long-term bid to win the Senate, have in fact argued that Republicans are piecemeal breaking the Oba MaCare ̵
"The efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act are leading to premium increases … so Americans are bruised with rising health care costs, Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Senate Campaigns Committee, said Wednesday to reporters in Washington
He spoke one day after the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office said ObamaCare premiums will rise by an average of 15 percent next year, partly because of the repeal of the law's individual mandate. The mandate imposed a tax penalty for Americans who did not buy health insurance.
The full details of the new repeal-replacement efforts by the coalition – known as the Health Policy Consensus Group – are expected to be released soon, according to
However, the conservative think-tank The Heritage Foundation has been instrumental in the effort had already presented in 2018 a "path-to-forward" health document that appears as a legislative plan.  19659003] Highlights include reducing costs and improving patient choice, allowing states great flexibility in offering plans and setting up "federal guard rails" so that Americans can choose private cover when they do not like the state options.
The Foundation also says the "new way" would build on the reform plan offered last year by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina; Bill Cassidy of Louisiana; Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and Dean Heller of Nevada.
The plan is also backed by former Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum and was established with the help of the American Enterprise Institute and the Galen Institute.
Sources said last week that the plan would include financial aid for low-income residents, an effort that could help gather some democratic support, especially from senators facing re-election in swing states or conservative-leaning.
However, supporters will also face the challenge of persuading the Republican leaders of the GOP-controlled Senate to vote on such legislation, bearing in mind that the Chamber has repeatedly failed to pass such legislation after it
"Legislators do not like having failure," said one source
GOP leaders also pointed out that they do not intend to pursue other important laws in the middle age.
Republicans have a 51-49 majority y in the Senate. The Democrats must win about 23 seats to take control of the house.