House Speaker Paul Ryan said Congress would pass its repeal and replacement of Obamacare in 2017, moving to quell doubts about the Republican timeline for gutting the health care law.
“The legislating is going to be done this year,” he said at a press conference on Capitol Hill Tuesday. “We are going to be done with legislating with respect to Obamacare.”
Ryan was reacting to a question about recent comments from President Donald Trump, who suggested over the weekend that it may take more than a year to get a full replacement plan.
“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.”
Ryan described the GOP’s work as a “rescue mission” from “the collapse that is coming because of Obamacare.” He acknowledged mounting protests facing Republican members in their districts, which have called to mind a similar wave of protests when the health care law was being debated in 2009.
“Peaceful protests are something we honor in this country,” he said. “I just hope people keep it peaceful.”