Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) told the hosts of Fox & Friends Tuesday that House Republicans are hoping to strike a final blow to Obamacare this year, after having successfully eliminated its individual mandate via their tax reform legislation.
"Now we need to go and fix the things wrong in health care that are jacking up the costs, so lets get back to work on some of those things, like what we passed in the House, that almost passed in the Senate, so that we can get our health-care system working and rebuild a private marketplace," he said, referring to the ObamaCare repeal bill the House passed last year.
The chances of passing a repeal in the Senate may be lower, as Senator Mitch McConnell indicated after losing the Alabama seat to Democrat Doug Jones in December:
"Well, we obviously were unable to completely repeal and replace with a 52-48 Senate," McConnell said last month. "We'll have to take a look at what that looks like with a 51-49 Senate. But I think we'll probably move on to other issues."
Also up for reform this year, as expected, are entitlements. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke to the issue as well, saying after the tax bill passed that cuts to such programs would be necessary to reign in the deficit.
"The next big thing you're going to see is a need for workers, and I think the next thing we can do is to go and reform those welfare programs that are trapping people in a failed welfare state," Scalise said on "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday morning.
"Let's actually put some work requirements in place so that we can get people back to work, rebuild the middle class."