Vice President Pence Hopes to See PPACA Overhaul “Before End of the Year”

GOP’s timetable keeps stretching

In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Vice President Mike Pence said he hopes Congress can pass legislation to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) by the end of the year––far longer than President Trump has envisioned, according to a report from Bloomberg Politics.

Pence declined to say definitively when Trump would be able to sign a new health care bill, but said he hopes it would be “before the end of the year.”

On April 20, Trump said he believed he could get action on health care “whether it’s next week or shortly thereafter.” Repealing and replacing the PPACA was on the president’s to-do list for his first 100 days in office, which ended April 29.

House Republican leaders had been considering whether to hold a vote last week, after conservative holdouts endorsed a revised bill. But moderate Republicans remained opposed to the measure, making it unclear whether it had enough votes to pass. GOP leaders were also distracted by the need to ensure passage of a stopgap measure to fund the government. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) left open the possibility of trying again during the first week of May, according to Bloomberg.

Source: Bloomberg; April 30, 2017.