President-elect Donald Trump wants Republicans to push ahead with immediate repeal of Obamacare and quickly replace the law, he told The New York Times in an interview published Tuesday afternoon.
“Long to me would be weeks,” he told the paper. “It won’t be repeal and then two years later go in with another plan.” He added, “the replace will be very quickly or simultaneously, very shortly thereafter.”
Trump’s comments come as Republicans remain united against the health care law but are struggling to agree on how quickly to repeal and replace it — and whether Congress must do both at the same time.
Repealing takes 51 votes under the budget reconciliation process that Congress has already begun. But replacing the law takes 60 — meaning the GOP will need to get at least eight Democrats on board.