President Trump Says Obamacare Replacement May Take Until Next Year To Implement

By  //  February 6, 2017

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'We’re going to be putting it in fairly soon.'

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(CBS NEWS) – President Trump is giving an extended timeline for when his administration could be expected to roll out a new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), former President Obama’s landmark healthcare legislation.

In an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that aired Sunday, Mr. Trump made the vague assertion that it could take “’til sometime into next year.”

Asked if Americans could expect a replacement plan in 2017, the president said, “yes, in the process and maybe it’ll take till sometime into next year but we’re certainly going to be in the process.”

He added that it’s “very complicated,” but urged Americans to remember that “Obamacare is a disaster.”

“Obamacare doesn’t work so we are putting in a wonderful plan,” Mr. Trump said.

“It statutorily takes a while to get. We’re going to be putting it in fairly soon. I think that yes, I would like to say by the end of the year — at least the rudiments — but we should have something within the year and the following year.”

Last month, the president signed an executive order meant to minimize what the action called “unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens” of the ACA. Though the order did not require any specific actions, it gives broad authority to the Department of Health and Human Services to take actions easing the regulatory requirements from the legislation.