Paul Ryan estimates ACA replacement will be done this spring

As part of the GOP's 200-day strategy, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., set a timeline for the repeal and replacement of the ACA at the Republican annual policy retreat in Philadelphia, The Hill reported.

Republicans plan to repeal and replace parts of the law by the spring, working primarily through budget reconciliation, according to the report. Speaker Ryan plans for the House to finish drafting the legislation in the next couple of weeks so he can bring it to the floor for a vote by late February or early March, according to the report. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConell, R-Ky., supported Speaker Ryan's timeline, but cautioned the group that the Senate is slower, according to the report.

The reconciliation bill is limited, but House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black, R-Tenn., said she expects it to give patients more options, which could include health savings accounts, according to the report. The reconciliation process can only address budget-related parts of the ACA, such as taxes, entitlement programs and premium subsidies. During this process, filibusters are blocked and only a simple majority vote is required to pass it.

After healthcare, Republicans plan to tackle tax reform through a second reconciliation bill. The timelines for both of these initiatives could be slowed by President Donald Trump's request to include an infrastructure package in the 200-day plan, according to the report.

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