GOP leaders vow to repeal Obamacare before next year’s midterm elections

Republicans are pledging to repeal the Affordable Care Act by the time their party takes office in January 2019, with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) telling a congressional panel that he expects the bill to be done by then.

Ryan’s comments were made during a hearing of the House Health and Human Services Committee on Thursday.

The GOP is expected to pass the measure by the end of March, with Ryan saying he’s confident the House can take it to the Senate by then, according to the Associated Press.

If Republicans do take the bill up, they’ll need the support of President Donald Trump to sign it into law, which could complicate their efforts.

Trump and Ryan have already been feuding in recent weeks over their respective policies, with Trump questioning Ryan’s ability to pass health care legislation, and Ryan defending Trump’s executive order restricting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.

Ryan has since said that Trump is a “fraud,” and said the president should “leave us alone” when it comes to health care.