For Trump and GOP, ‘Obamacare’ repeal is complex and risky

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans want to swiftly pass a repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care law, maybe rapidly enough so Donald Trump can sign it the day he takes the presidential oath. They then want to pass legislation replacing it.

That’s not so simple. To deliver, the GOP will have to overcome Republican divisions, Democratic opposition and millions of jittery constituents.

The new Congress convenes Jan. 3, and Trump gets sworn in Jan. 20.

Republicans’ core, conservative backers want them to act quickly.

But the GOP has yet to unite behind a single plan for replacing the law.

Around 30 million Americans are covered by Obama’s law or have policies with prices affected by it. Republicans cannot afford to anger that many voters.

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