Contradicting Republican leaders, President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday called for a repeal of ObamaCare “probably sometime next week” — even with no replacement immediately in position.
“It won’t be repeal and then 2 yrs later use with another plan,” he told the New York Times. “The replace can be really quickly or simultaneously, very shortly thereafter.”
Just hours earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan assured GOP lawmakers who are balking at repealing ObamaCare without a replacement that won't happen.
“It is our goal to bring it all together concurrently,” Ryan said.
“We're going to use every tool at our disposal through legislation, through regulation, to replace concurrent along with repeal, to ensure that we are able to save people out of this mess.”
Ryan also said the Republicans will ensure “there is really a stable transition period so that people don't possess the rug pulled out from under them.”
Some GOP leaders have been receiving antsy about repealing President Obama's signature health-care law without information on what can change it.
More than 20 million Americans have insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
The Senate is anticipated to vote Thursday on a tight budget resolution that will begin the process of repealing the health-care law. The House could vote as soon as Friday when the resolution clears the Senate.
But late Monday, a number of Republican senators introduced an amendment towards the budget resolution seeking a hold back until March 3.
“Repeal and replace should take place simultaneously, which amendment will give the incoming administration more time to outline its priorities,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.).
Members of the home Freedom Caucus also said these were reluctant to go along with repealing ObamaCare until they know much more about alternative plans.