Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Tuesday that some elements required to replace ObamaCare could be included in the earlier process to repeal the healthcare law.
"It is our goal to bring it all together concurrently," Ryan told reporters after meeting with House Republicans behind closed doors.
"We're going to use every tool at our disposal through legislation, through regulation, to bring replace concurrent along with repeal, so that we can save people from this mess."
The only way to "save people from this mess" is to dump the mess, including as much as possible of the mess that existed before ObamaCare was even a gleam in Newt Gingrich's eye.
Repeal the Affordable Care Act in toto, with no "let's do it this way instead" crap.
Individual mandate? Gone.
"Essential health benefits" that all health coverage plans are required by law to cover? Gone.
Ban on denying coverage for pre-existing conditions? Gone.
That's the way to do it. Anything less or anything else is just an admission that they've been pissing down our backs and trying to convince us it's raining the whole time.
Above and beyond that, Congress should use the Constitution's Interstate Commerce Clause to forbid state governments to regulate the sale of health policies across state lines.
I'm not sure if there's any legit hook for Congress to hang the end of government licensing for doctors on, but that would be a great next step.