House Speaker Paul Ryan said this week that Obamacare would be repealed this year.
Ryan’s comments come despite a statement from President Donald Trump earlier this week that Obamacare wouldn’t be repealed and replaced until 2018.
When Ryan was asked about the timeline for repealing Obamacare, he said there was “a little confusion here.”
“The legislating is going to be done this year,” Ryan clarified, adding, “We are going to be done legislating with respect to health care and Obamacare this year.” He continued, “The question is how long does it take to implement to full replacement of Obamacare.
“And that’s why, honestly, we’ve got to get Tom Price over at HHS, Seema Verma confirmed at CMS so they can get to work with replacing this collapsing law. So the question about how long it takes to effectuate the change, how long it takes to put these things in place, that’s a question that the HHS can answer. But as far as legislating is concerned, we’re going to do our legislating this year.”
During the conference, Ryan was also asked about some of the criticism over repealing and replacing the health care act.
“I think it’s important for people to speak their minds in this country. We cherish the First amendment and people who are concerned and anxious, we want them to know that we want to listen to their concerns and that peaceful protest is something we honor in this country,” he said. “I just hope people keep it peaceful. Respect private property. Have no violence.”
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Publication date: February 8, 2017