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The many critics of the Republicans inability to articulate an alternative to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) may see that reality occur soon. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday he feels Republicans are on the verge of rolling out their alternative plan to replace the controversial healthcare law in 2014.

Obamacare is at the top of the agenda for Republicans meeting at a retreat at the end of the month, Boehner said. It’s “one of the big issues,” he said.

“Repeal and replace” has been the Republican war cry since the inception of the law. But know, with ever-growing pressure from his conservative members, Boehner must produce a plan before the midterm elections get any closer.

As the Speaker put it on Thursday, “It’s one of the big issues for conversation in terms of our agenda for this year, and I think you’ll see Republicans come forward with a plan to replace Obamacare, “a plan that will actually reduce costs for the American people and make health insurance more accessible.”

It is expected the Republicans will draft a series of principles during the retreat including healthcare, tax reform and immigration, but may not actually hold votes that could be targeted in campaigns.

Boehner added, "It’s important for us as a party, especially in an election year, to tell the people what you’re for. We’re for getting rid of Obamacare and replacing it with a patient-centered healthcare system. I think you’ll see ample evidence of that. We believe in tax reform, closing loopholes, getting rid of unnecessary deductions, lowering rates, will be good for our economy and help create more jobs. We believe in education reform.”

The feeling among the Republican leadership is, :Strike while the iron is hot" With the president's polling numbers at a five-year low, this is the time to strike.

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