Republicans in Congress have said they expect the Trump administration to make a decision on a proposed overhaul of the Affordable Care Act within weeks.
| AP Photo House lawmakers expect Trump administration decision to be announced within weeksHouse lawmakers have said their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Healthcare Act is “likely to be” delayed.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he expected the administration to “make a decision” on the repeal plan within weeks, and Republicans in the House are hoping to move it forward quickly after the first round of legal challenges.
“We expect the president to make the final decision,” Ryan told reporters in a conference call.
“We expect it to come out within the next few weeks.
We expect it as soon as possible.”
Ryan said he believes Republicans can get a bill passed by the end of the month.
“I don’t know how many weeks it will take, but we’re expecting it to be done by the holidays,” he said.
“That’s the plan that we’ve been working on for quite some time.”
The House Republican plan would repeal and overhaul the ACA and replace it with a tax system based on a flat tax, with the wealthy paying the full tax burden and those making under $50,000 paying a tax credit.
The Senate is expected to take up the legislation by mid-December.
The bill has received a mixed reception from the public.
About 70 percent of Americans approve of the GOP plan, according to a poll released this week.
A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found that 56 percent of voters oppose the GOP bill, while 40 percent approve.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the legislation would leave 11 million more Americans uninsured.
“The plan we’re proposing would allow the country to take more time to get through the economic storm,” Ryan said on the call.
Democrats are pushing back against the GOP’s plan.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, said Republicans have a “historic opportunity” to take the health care system back from the middle class and provide it to the wealthy.
“It is unacceptable that a group of billionaires who have spent millions of dollars on campaign ads and television ads is trying to force their plan on millions of Americans,” Sanders said in a statement.
“What they are trying to do is take from the people who have the most to lose by cutting Medicare and Medicaid and the ACA, which has been a model for fairness and equity in America.”
The Senate legislation would eliminate tax subsidies for the wealthy, and instead give them a refundable tax credit worth up to $5,000.
It also would eliminate taxes on employer-sponsored health insurance, such as the employer-provided plan.
The Republican plan is also likely to be challenged in court.
A federal judge in Washington has issued a temporary restraining order blocking it from going into effect in the 2018 midterm elections, as Republicans hope to use the court case as leverage to get the legislation through.
The House is expected soon to begin voting on the plan, which would likely be one of the more contentious pieces of legislation to emerge from the House of Representatives in decades.
The health care bill is expected in the Senate by midweek.