U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb) says repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be one of the first things Congress does next year.
However, she says the law will not end immediately.
“We don’t want to leave people without insurance,” Fischer told Nebraska reporters during a weekly conference call. “We want to make sure people are not vulnerable, so it will take a period of time to put forward plans that will be able to provide, not just accessible, but affordable insurance for individuals.”
Fischer says the transition period could be two to three years, but no timeline has been finalized.
She also says there is support for continuing coverage of pre-existing conditions.
“It’ll be, I think, a step-by-step and thoughtful process where we can make sure we’re going to meet the needs of people and make sure it’s affordable,” Fischer says of the effort to create an ACA replacement.
She hopes the transition period allows Republicans and Democrats to work together.
“You’ve seen that happen in the past,” Fischer points out. “There was support, and it was signed by the president, to repeal the medical device tax on Obamacare. There was support from Republicans and Democrats, and signed by the president, to repeal the Cadillac tax.”
Fischer says there will not be a massive replacement bill.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:34]