Obamacare Replacement Will Pass This Year, House Speaker Says

Republicans struggle for consensus

Recently, President Donald Trump stated in a television interview that it might take until next year to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which Republicans consider federal government overreach. In response to Trump’s remark, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) has announced that legislation to replace the act would in fact be completed this year, trying to dispel the idea that Republican leaders are retreating from their campaign promise to dismantle the PPACA quickly, according to a Reuters report.

“The question is how long does it take to implement the full replacement of Obamacare,” Ryan said at a news briefing. “We hope to get this done as fast as possible.”

Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a promise to scrap the controversial health care act, but they are struggling to agree on a replacement. They missed a target date of January 27 to begin drafting legislation.

In a separate briefing, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that it was important to get Representative Tom Price (R-Georgia) confirmed as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services soon, so that he, too, can “get to work with replacing” the PPACA. The Senate is expected to confirm Price this week.

Source: Reuters; February 8, 2017.