House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) promised Thursday that a replacement for the Affordable Care Act will be legislated this year, although he made no commitment about when the law would be implemented.
In response to a question about whether Ryan could commit that repealing and replacing Obamacare would be finished by the end of the 115th Congress, Ryan said the "legislating will occur this year."
"Our legislating on Obamacare, our repealing and replacing and transitioning, the legislating, will occur this year," Ryan said. "What date all of this gets phased in something we do not now know."
Ryan said Thursday that Republicans need to wait for the Trump administration to be fully confirmed. And he said members want to be careful to give insurance companies time to adjust to a new program. Republicans have previously floated the idea of a two- to four-year transition between Obamacare and Republicans' alternative – a strategy that has been nicknamed repeal and delay.
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