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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) acknowledged Monday that the GOP’s long-held goal of repealing and replacing Obamacare would take time and involve some kind of “transition" to ensure that Americans are not “worse off” after President Barack Obama’s signature health care program is dismantled.

“Clearly there will be a transition and a bridge so that no one is left out in the cold, so that no one is worse off,” Ryan told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “The purpose here is to bring relief to people who are suffering from Obamacare so that they can get something better.”

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A federal appeals court will delay action on a House GOP lawsuit that aimed to take away subsidies the federal government grants to insurance companies to provide coverage to low-income Americans.

House Republicans asked for the delay after they won the House, the Senate and the White House in the November election and repealing the Affordable Care Act legislatively appeared to be within reach.

As TPM has previously reported, how the Trump administration and House Republicans work out the cost-sharing payments that are the focus of the lawsuit could be an early tell of how aggressive the administration will be in dismantling Obamacare.

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