Inside House Leadership’s 2014 Obamacare Strategy

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 @ 2:20PM

House Republicans will try to coalesce around a health care strategy when they huddle behind closed doors this week, but whatever emerges almost certainly won’t be the comprehensive “alternative” to Obamacare that conservatives have long been agitating for.

Speaker John Boehner said recently that members would devote significant time to discussing health care at their annual conference retreat, and predicted House Republicans would “come forward with a plan to replace Obamacare” upon returning to Washington. But the speaker’s words were met with skepticism by conservative lawmakers and aides, who have long feared Boehner’s team would snub a pair of sweeping Obamacare replacement plans that have widespread support in the House GOP.

Now, as Republicans head to rural Maryland for their three-day getaway, those fears are about to be realized.

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