Conway, Priebus won't promise immediate repeal-and-replace

Trump advisers Kellyanne Conway and Reince Priebus said Sunday that President-elect Donald Trump is still considering his options when it comes to the speed of replacing Obamacare.

Republican leaders in Congress have been discussing a repeal of Obamacare, set to take effect two years or more later to give them time to craft a replacement plan, one that could keep millions of Americans from suddenly losing their coverage. But some conservatives, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, have said Congress should pass a replacement plan immediately. Other senators have suggested delaying repeal until a replacement plan is ready.

“Well, it really depends what — what the piece of legislation is,” Conway said on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked about timing. She was vague about what Trump wanted in a plan, saying only that it should give Americans the ability to purchase insurance across state lines and to use health savings accounts.

Priebus, appearing on “Face the Nation” on CBS, was a bit more specific about timing.

“I will tell you that it would be ideal if we could do it all in one big action,” he said. “But look. It may take time to get all the elements of the replace in place.”

Some conservatives, meanwhile, have expressed surprise that the GOP Congress, which has been aiming to repeal Obamacare for years now, hasn’t already figured this complex issue out.

“I am shocked they don’t have a plan,” said former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum on “State of the Union.” “They should have put a little more work into it.”


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