House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) has just gaveled to order a committee hearing on a bill and resolution aimed at replacing last year's healthcare law.
In a statement just released to the press, Dreier reiterated that Republicans aim to repeal the law, and said Republicans will be able to increase healthcare access "without hurting our economy."
His full statement as released follows:
“Repealing and replacing the job-killing healthcare law will be critical to our economic recovery, which is why it is one of our first major orders of business. House Republicans believe we can work to provide access to affordable healthcare coverage for working Americans and small businesses, and that we can do it without hurting our economy. We need to wipe the slate clean and move quickly into an open and transparent process to produce real solutions to the healthcare challenges we face. We welcome the ideas of both Republicans and Democrats as this process moves forward. Repealing and replacing the flawed healthcare law is a pledge we made to the American people, and we are already getting to work.”