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The GOP will likely keep insisting that the ACA is collapsing before it can even consider passing a replacement plan, a top House Republican said Monday.

And it’s all because the GOP is so desperate to pass an Obamacare replacement that it’s just not willing to acknowledge the damage that the law has already done.

In an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he thinks the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan is “dead.”

“If the Democrats can’t come up with their own bill, the Republicans will get their bill,” McCarthy told Ingraham.

“But I don’t know that we’re going to have a replacement bill.”

He also claimed the GOP could pass its own replacement plan.

“I think there’s going to be a replacement proposal that’s going at the right time,” he said.

“And the right person that’s in that bill will be able to be confirmed, and they will be in there for a very short period of time, and then the country will have a new government that will be very, very much in charge of health care.”

McCarthy’s comments come amid reports that Republicans are scrambling to draft a replacement to the Affordable Care Act that is ready for a vote by the end of the year.

The plan would have to include significant changes to the law, and some Democrats have expressed concerns about the plan.