Political scientist Michael Crespin discusses the new session of the 115th Congress last week at Ripon College.
Political scientist Michael Crespin discusses the new session of the 115th Congress last week at Ripon College.

At his Feb. 18 campaign rally in Melbourne, Fla., President Trump told the crowd a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will come “in a couple weeks.”

A political scientist speaking at Ripon College last week put the odds of that happening at “zero.”

The college’s Center for Politics and the People hosted Michael Crespin, associate professor of political science at the University of Oklahoma and associate director of the Carol Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center.

Crespin discussed the new session of the 115th Congress and the issue of redistricting.

Republicans are anxious to replace President Obama’s signature legislation and replace it with another health plan, Crespin said, but they find that is easier said than done.

“This is going to be a harder process than the Republicans thought,” he said, explaining that GOP members are divided on how to proceed.

Read more in the March 2, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.