“Repeal and replace” may take longer than originally thought…..perhaps, a lot longer. During an interview with Fox News over the weekend, President Donald Trump admitted it could be 2018 before we see major changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)….commonly known as Obamacare.
President Trump said in an interview that aired on Sunday that a replacement health care law was not likely to be ready until either the end of this year or in 2018, a major shift from promises by both him and Republican leaders to repeal and replace the law as soon as possible.
“Maybe it’ll take till sometime into next year, but we’re certainly going to be in the process,” Mr. Trump said during an interview with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, after Mr. O’Reilly 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,” Mr. Trump said. “We’re going to be putting it 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.”
Bloomerg.com wrote, “Trump’s remarks are the latest sign of the challenges Republican lawmakers are facing as they work to figure out how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, after seven years of calling for Barack Obama’s health law to be scuttled. Congress held several hearings last week on aspects of the law, while insurers have pressed for certainty so they can draw up business plans for next year.
Fox News added, “Mr. Trump’s remarks appeared to acknowledge Republicans’ current logjam in fulfilling a long-stated ambition of striking down President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act. The party’s majorities in the House and Senate cannot sustain significant defections by either moderate or conservative GOP lawmakers and those two sides are currently seeking irreconcilable approaches.
The Kaiser Family Foundation recently held a public forum to discuss the “process and implications of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.” You can watch the forum by clicking here or on the picture below.
There has also been recent talk about ‘repairing’ the nation’s health law rather than repealing and replacing it. U.S. News & World Report quoted Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, as saying that Congress should “repair” the law before forging ahead on a full overhaul. “No one is talking about repealing anything until there is a concrete practical alternative to offer Americans in its place,” the Tennessee Republican said.