E&C Chairman’s Political Savvy To Be Tested As A Point Person On Repeal
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., the chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, will be navigating the tumultuous waters of repeal as his committee begins handling legislation to dismantle the health law.
The Wall Street Journal:
GOP Lawmaker Tries To Steer Through Tricky Terrain On ACA
As Republicans dive into their politically risky push to undo the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Greg Walden is emerging as a key figure in the party’s attempt to rally around a new health-insurance system. Mr. Walden, a gregarious Oregon congressman first elected to Congress in 1998, became chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee in January after a successful run as coordinator of the Republican House campaigns. His political savvy will now be tested as he stewards legislation that could result in millions of Americans losing health coverage, while also facing pressure from conservatives not to water down any bill by retaining a significant government role in insurance. (Hackman, 3/6)