Leading the News
Ryan Says GOP’s Top Priority In January Will Be ACA Repeal.
During a CBS’ 60 Minutes (12/4) interview, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said once President-elect Donald Trump takes office, “the first bill we’re going to be working on is our Obamacare legislation.” Asked if the 20 million people who gained access to healthcare coverage because of the ACA would lose it, Ryan insisted, “No, we want to make sure that we have a good transition period, so that people can get better coverage at a better price.” He added that it was impossible to predict how long the transition will last, saying, “We’re still working on that.”
The Hill (12/4, Hellmann) reports that Ryan also said, “We want to make sure that we have a good transition period, so that people can get better coverage at a better price.”
The Washington Times (12/4, Howell) reports that the strategy which Ryan outlined indicates GOP “majorities and President-elect Donald Trump are eager to fulfill their campaign vow to gut the Affordable Care Act in the new year, though any GOP action’s effect will be largely symbolic if many of Obamacare’s provisions remain in place for months – or years – to avoid disruption