Trump Says Obamacare Replacement May Not Be Ready Until Next Year

President backs away from immediate “repeal and replace”

President Trump said in a recent interview that a replacement for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was not likely to be ready until either the end of this year or in 2018, according to an article in The New York Times. His comments represent a major shift from promises that he and Republican leaders have made about repealing and replacing the act as quickly as possible.

Bill O’Reilly of Fox News asked the president whether Americans could “expect a new health care plan rolled out by the Trump administration this year.”

“It statutorily takes awhile to get,” Trump replied. “We’re going to be putting [a replacement plan] in fairly soon. I think that, yes, I would like to say by the end of the year at least the rudiments, but we should have something within the year and the following year.”

Trump acknowledged that replacing the PPACA is complicated.

“You have to remember Obamacare doesn’t work, so we are putting in a wonderful plan,” he added.

Last month, Trump said that he wanted to present a replacement plan soon after the Senate confirmed his nominee for secretary of health and human services, Representative Tom Price (R-Georgia). The Senate is scheduled to vote on Price’s confirmation this week.

Source: The New York Times; February 5, 2017.