WASHINGTON Jan 13 U.S. House Republicans were
moving ahead on Friday with legislation aimed at dismantling
Obamacare, despite concerns about not having a replacement for
the healthcare program and the potential financial costs in
repealing President Barack Obama's landmark law.
Moderate Republican Representative Charlie Dent said he had
reservations about voting for the effort to start a repeal but
would not say whether he would vote for or against it.
Dent and other House Republicans on Friday speculated there
was enough support within their party to pass the measure
instructing committees to begin writing legislation to repeal
Obamacare, known formally as the Affordable Care Act.
The Republican-led Congress, under pressure from
President-elect Donald Trump to act quickly, made the first move
toward scrapping the law on Thursday when the Senate voted to
instruct key committees to draft legislation by Jan. 27 to
The House has set a vote on the measure for Friday afternoon
with Democrats expected to oppose it.
Trump applauded the swift efforts with a Friday morning
tweet saying, "The 'Unaffordable' Care Act will soon be
history!" The president-elect, who takes office on Jan. 20,
pressed lawmakers this week to repeal and replace it
Some Republicans have expressed concern about starting a
repeal before there is clarity about how to replace provisions
of the complicated and far-reaching law.
The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
has said repealing President Barack Obama's signature health
insurance law entirely would cost roughly $350 billion over 10
Conservative Representative Trent Franks of Arizona
dismissed concerns about adding billions of dollars to U.S.
deficits. But Franks, who opposes abortion, said he would vote
for the repeal measure because it also aims to stop all federal
funding for Planned Parenthood, a women's healthcare provider
that uses some of its private funding for abortions.
Democrats, who have vowed to fight the repeal effort, have
accused Republicans of rushing to scrap a law that has enabled
up to 20 million previously uninsured Americans obtain health
coverage, without offering a firm replacement plan.
Republicans, who have challenged Obamacare since it was
enacted in 2010, say a good replacement would give states more
control of a healthcare program.
(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell; Additional
reporting by Susan Heavey and Lisa Lambert; Editing by Bill