Despite claims that he is going to replace Obamacare with a better health plan this year, President Donald Trump said Sunday people will be waiting a while.
In an interview with Bill O’Reilly from Fox News, President Trump said the new “wonderful” policy could take until 2018. Despite the time gap, he said Americans should expect tax cuts this year and that the administration is in the process of putting together the new policy.
He said the cause for delay is that Obamacare is a disaster and they are putting in a wonderful plan.
“It statutorily takes a while to get. We’re going to be putting it in fairly soon,” he said. “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.”
During President Trump’s campaign, he told voters that his administration will ask for an immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
As stated on his website, “On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.”
Following his inauguration, Trump, once again, promised to reveal the new healthcare plan within a few days. Later, he said he will reveal the plan once officials confirm his Health Secretary nominee Tom Price. Officials will likely confirm Price this month.
President Trump previously told reporters his replacement plan was nearly complete and there will be “insurance for everybody.”
In January, he explained that he expects Congress to move quickly and cohesively, as healthcare is a priority. Trump did not provide particular details about the plan. However, he said Congress will act fast and the plan is “very much formulated down to the final strokes.”
Other comments on the plan include that it will have lower deductibles and that people can choose to purchase it. There may also be options to pay for health insurance out of tax refunds.
Senators Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz will debate Obamacare on Tuesday, Feb. 7 on CNN.
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