After the vote, Lehigh Valley Republican U.S. Rep.
"Many of the freshmen were sent here because of
"For me it was easy, it's the same place I stood 31 votes ago," Barletta said.
One of the criticisms of the Republican vote Wednesday afternoon is that it dealt with only half of the repeal-replace promise. Democrat Minority Leader
Dent said there will be a replacement package put forth by the Republicans sooner or later. He said he hopes it can be done "in a bipartisan manner that doesn't have Washington take over the system." He pointed to an outline of ideas that the Tuesday Group, a caucus of so-called centrist Republicans, put out a few years ago as a plan he thinks will be rolled out again.
That framework includes some of the popular provisions in the current law such as requiring health insurers to allow children to stay on their parents' insurance until they are 26 years old. It also has plans for prevention programs like the Democrats' plan and tries to make health insurance affordable for low income people through tax credits, whereas Democrats use subsidies to help low income people pay for insurance.
"We're doing a lot of talking about how we are going to replace this," Barletta said. "But what we're not going to do is what the Democrats did and pass a 2,000-page bill that no one understood including members of Congress."