President Barack Obama will make a final push Wednesday to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but the president and congressional leaders have struggled to find a bipartisan compromise.
Obama said he wants to keep a version of the law that was passed during his administration but that was more unpopular than it was popular, and he has also argued that Democrats are more eager to get rid of the ACA than Republicans.
The president said Wednesday that he will send a letter to Congress Tuesday to formally begin drafting legislation that will repeal the ACA and replace it with his preferred health care plan.
Obama will use the deadline to pressure House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other Republicans to join him in a bipartisan plan to repeal the law, but he has not made clear how he plans to achieve the feat.
Obama is trying to convince lawmakers that his strategy to repeal Obamacare and replace with a bill that includes a number of elements from the Republican plan is a political win and a necessary political step.
The White House has been trying to build public support for its proposal since the last day of January, when it released a video with the tagline, “The ACA is failing.
We have to get it right.”
In the video, Obama said the health care law has been “unraveling” and that the failure to act is a result of “the failure of Congress and the Republican leadership.”
In his letter to lawmakers, Obama called the failure of the health law to replace the ACA a “serious failure.”
The president also called on Republicans to “work together to fix” the law.
The law was passed by Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and House, but it faces widespread disapproval in the public and private sectors.
Republicans are particularly divided over how to replace it, with some suggesting they could opt for a “reimagine” that is more in line with the conservative Republican approach.
Some conservatives, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R -Ky., and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R –Wis., have suggested they will reject any attempt to repeal a law that is the foundation of their health care program.