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White House, Speaker Ryan: Obamacare Repeal is Back

Sources at the White House + comments from Speaker Paul Ryan = an Obamacare repeal (and replacement) back on the agenda.

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan at SOTU

Separate reports on the White House and Speaker Paul Ryan published Wednesday suggest that Obamacare repeal, and replacement, is back on the agenda in Washington, with just days to go before the 100-day mark for the Trump administration.

First came Speaker Ryan’s comments to a London think tank on Wednesday, as reported by the Washington Examiner:

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republicans are “very close” to getting a breakthrough on legislation to repeal Obamacare even after rowdy town halls during the Easter recess sparked more opposition among Republicans.

Then came a report from two sources “close to the health care legislative process” that told CNN the White House may want to take one more shot at Obamacare repeal, and replacement, before the 100-day mark on April 30, 2017:

Two sources close to the health care legislative process tell CNN the White House is exploring whether to take one more stab at repealing and replacing Obamacare before President Donald Trump hits the key milestone of 100 days in office late next week.

One source told CNN that the timeline “may be too optimistic.” After all, that would leave the Trump administration and the GOP-led Congress 10 days to agree on a replacement and hold the necessary votes.

However, there appears to be renewed vigor as Congress prepares to go back into session on Tuesday.