Ryan says Trump, GOP ‘in complete sync’ on ObamaCare

Greg Nash

The incoming Trump administration and Republicans on Capitol Hill are “in complete sync” when it comes to repealing and replacing ObamaCare, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday.

“We are in complete sync. We agree we want to make sure we move these things concurrently, at the same time repeal and replace,” Ryan told reporters at his weekly news conference in the Capitol.

“We need to show there is a better way forward,” he said, that includes more healthcare choices and lower prices.

“We are completely in sync, planning on a daily basis with the administration for how to roll this out,” Ryan added.

{mosads}The Speaker’s comments came one day before the House votes on a Senate-passed GOP budget resolution that will start the process to repeal ObamaCare. It’s expected to pass on a partisan vote, but some members of the conservative Freedom Caucus and centrist Tuesday Group are grumbling that leadership has not provided enough details for how Republicans will replace the healthcare law.

Ryan explained that there has been close coordination with the Trump transition team on ObamaCare. The Speaker said he spoke twice to the president-elect in the past three days, and met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence in the Capitol on Wednesday.

Republicans will flesh out their replacement strategy with Trump and Pence at the joint House-Senate GOP retreat in Philadelphia a week after the inauguration, Ryan said.

“Some of these steps will be taken by Congress; some of these steps will be taken by the incoming Trump administration” after Rep. Tom Price is confirmed as Health and Human Services secretary, Ryan said. “So this will be a thoughtful, step-by-step process. We’re not going to swap one 2,700-page monstrosity for another.

“We’re not going to jam some bill through Harry Reid’s office on Christmas Eve only to find out what’s in it after it’s been passed,” the Speaker continued, referring to a 2009 ObamaCare vote. “We’re going to do this the right way.”

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