By Louise Radnofsky
Watch it later this year, maybe next, he tells Fox News host in Super Bowl Sunday interview
President Donald Trump downgraded expectations for his party's swift repeal and replacement of the 2010 health law in an interview with Fox News's Bill O'Reilly aired Sunday, saying "maybe it'll take til some time into next year"
"Obamacare doesn't work. So we are putting in a wonderful plan. It's statutorily ... takes a while to get. We're going to be putting it in fairly soon," Trump said. "I think that yes, I would like to say by the end of the year, at least the rudiments, but we should have something within the year and the following year."
He was responding to a question from O'Reilly over whether Americans could expect to see the Trump administration roll out a plan by the end of the year to overturn the 2010 health law and enact new policy in its place.
Trump's remarks appeared to acknowledge Republicans' current logjam in fulfilling a long-stated ambition of striking down President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act. The party's majorities in the House and Senate cannot sustain significant defections by either moderate or conservative GOP lawmakers and those two sides are currently seeking irreconcilable approaches.
An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com (http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2017/02/05/trump-extends-timetable-to-replace-obamacare/?mod=mktw)
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