Trump Says ACA Repeal and Replace Could Come Within Same Hour

President-elect Donald Trump said he will put forth a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act after his nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services is confirmed and in office.

That plan will cover both how to repeal the 2010 health care law and how to replace it, and said both steps could happen in the same hour, Trump said. It’s “complicated stuff,” he said at a Wednesday press conference at Trump Tower.

“It’ll be repeal and replace,” Trump said. “It will be essentially simultaneously.”

He did not elaborate on what the replacement will be, but said it would result in health care that is “far less expensive and far better.”

That won’t come until Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) is confirmed by the Senate and in office, he said. The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee announced Wednesday they will hold a hearing on Price’s nomination on Jan. 18, but the Finance Committee, which will actually vote Price’s nomination out of committee, has not yet set a date for a hearing.

Meanwhile, lawmakers on the Hill are moving ahead with plans to repeal the ACA, but have not put forward a detailed plan for how they will replace it. Both the House and Senate are expcted to vote this week on a budget resolution that would instruct congressional committees to begin drafting reconciliation legislation to repeal the law.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said this week the goal would be for Obamacare repeal and replacement to occur “concurrently.”


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