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Repeal? Replace? Repair? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Despite promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act for the last seven years, Republicans are no closer to reaching agreement on an alternative to the ACA. So, what do they do now? Change their rhetoric, according to Energy & Commerce Committee Chair Greg Walden.  But all Republicans are doing is injecting uncertainty and chaos into our health care system, and the American people will see right through their attempts to rebrand their plan to Make America Sick Again.

From The Hill:  GOP talk shifts from replacing ObamaCare to repairing it

Key Republican lawmakers are shifting their goal on ObamaCare from repealing and replacing the law to the more modest goal of repairing it.

“It’s a striking change in rhetoric that speaks to the complexities Republicans face in getting rid of the Affordable Care Act. Many of the law’s provisions are popular, and some parts of the law that the GOP does want to repeal could have negative repercussions on the parts seen as working.”

“‘I'm trying to be accurate on this that there are some of these provisions in the law that probably will stay, or we may modify them, but we're going to fix things, we're going to repair things,’ House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), a key player on healthcare, told reporters Tuesday.”

Not everyone is on board with the new rhetoric. Some Republicans say their party should be focused on repealing the law and replacing it, not repairing it.”

“‘I’m hearing a lot of members say that they want ObamaCare-lite,’ said Rep. Raúl Labrador. ‘That’s not what we promised the American people.’”

Lawmakers have already started to face crowds of constituents concerned about what repeal might do to their own healthcare. Twenty million people gained health coverage under ObamaCare, and Republicans have promised that people will not lose their insurance because of repeal.”