GOP chairman vows ‘family discussion’ on ObamaCare plan

Greg Nash

The head of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee on Monday promised to have a “family discussion” this week to lay out the party’s replacement plan for ObamaCare.

Rep. Kevin BradyKevin BradyFroman: Too early to start trade talks with the UK Advisers: Trump's revised tax plan will resemble Ryan's Overnight Healthcare: Health mergers in trouble? | Norovirus in Cleveland | GOP chairman rejects Trump Medicare pricing plan MORE (R-Texas), who took over the committee late last fall, said healthcare will be a top priority for the GOP retreat in Baltimore that begins this Wednesday.

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“We're going to have a family discussion about how we lay out the alternative,” Brady said Monday at a Politico Morning Money panel, acknowledging that healthcare will be a top issue in the fall elections.

Republicans have faced sharp criticism for lacking a clear replacement plan for ObamaCare, six years after its passage.  

The party has held no markups, hearings or budget analysis on any replacement bills, and leaders have repeatedly refused to endorse any single provision beyond a broader promise to offer “patient-centered care.”

While Brady declined to discuss specifics, he said he believes the party agrees on a general framework and will be working collaboratively on a full plan.

“This will not be five committee chairs deciding what the replacement plan is. it is going to be the collaboration of 246 members,” said Brady, whose committee has jurisdicion over tax policy.

Brady is the former chair of the committee's health panel and has been a harsh critic of ObamaCare.

When asked if Republicans were “definitely” going to produce a plan before the election, Brady stopped short of delivering a promise.

“It's certainly my hope, as it is Speaker Ryan's,” he said.