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>> We are united on repeal, but we are divided on replacement.>> The ink is barely dry on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, but it's already taking a pounding from within the party's own rank and file.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where House Speaker Paul Ryan's health Plan is taking shots from other Republicans.
Raising the question of whether he'll be able to round up enough votes to get it to President Trump's desk. Conservatives in the Party are blasting the plan as Obamacare light, saying it's not that much different from what's in place now. Moderates meanwhile, worry that it's too much of a break from the current system, and could disrupt coverage for millions.
The new plan, released on Monday night, would replace health insurance subsidies with tax breaks, and give states more flexibility to set up their own coverage for poor residents. It keeps some of the most popular aspects of the law, and gets rid of its unpopular taxes and mandates.>> The vibrant free market where people get to do what they want.
They want to go out in a free marketplace and buy the healthcare of their choosing. This does that. This lower costs, creates competition, it allows choices.>> Democrats hate the bill, of course. That means Ryan will have to rely on his own Republicans to do the heavy lifting.
He's got little room for error. He can't afford to have more than 25 of the 237 Republicans in the House break ranks. That means trying to limit the influence of the hard right Freedom Caucus. Leaders of that group, like Ohio representative Jim Jordan, already opposing the bill. And the influential Heritage Foundation, which has tremendous sway on the right, coming out against it.
They're lining up behind an alternative that would sharply reduce the government's role in the health care market, by loosening insurance regulations and expanding tax breaks.>> The clerk will report.>> In the Senate, the margins are thinner, because Republicans only control 52 of the chambers 100 seats. They can't afford to have more than two members vote against the bill.
So far, four moderates said they are concerned that the plan wouldn't protect poor people, while libertarians like Rand Paul say it's a big government boondoggle for insurance companies.>> It's a great bill.>> Republicans need Trump to help herd the cats. But so far, he's only offering measured support.
>> Very important, so let's get it done.>> If he wants to sign that Obamacare replacement into law, he's gonna have to get a lot more involved over the coming months,>> Repeal and replace Obamacare.