Republican proposals have backed off from a full repeal in favor of a more piecemeal replacement plan for the ACA. Photo: Getty Images.

In a Fox News interview aired Sunday, President Trump extended the timeline for his plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), saying that the “very complicated” process could take until “sometime into next year.” This reference of a 2018 replacement timeline is far longer than that which has been indicated by the administration thus far. 

Previously, the president had promised a replacement plan “almost simultaneously” with the confirmation of Tom Price as head of the Department of Health and Human Services. However, the Senate is expected to vote on Price later this week, and Sunday’s comments clearly push the potential of a replacement plan back a year. While the president’s comments on a replacement plan were vague, he acknowledged that this extended timeline comes from the reality that a change to legislation of this size will “statutorily take a while to get.” 

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