By Elise Viebeck - 08/09/13 09:05 PM EDT
The conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) is preparing to unveil legislation that would replace ObamaCare with a new set of healthcare reforms.
A spokesman for RSC Chairman Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) confirmed Friday that members of the group will introduce their measure after the August recess.
House Republicans have held 40 votes to repeal, defund or dismantle the Affordable Care Act but have struggled to coalesce around an alternative plan.
Individual GOP members have introduced their own replacement plans — a new measure from Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) would repeal ObamaCare and enact premium-assisted Medicare, for example — but none have seen much traction in the GOP conference.
The forthcoming measure from Scalise and his peers will include protections for people with pre-existing conditions, a key feature of President Obama's law. Bell did not provide more details.
The RSC has 173 members, meaning its healthcare bill will have considerable support upon introduction.