Paul Ryan to try to repeal and replace health law without gap

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republicans will try to repeal and replace the health care law “concurrently.”

The speaker’s comments Tuesday come amid growing GOP anxiety over plans to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature law without having an alternative in hand.

Ryan tells reporters that “it is our goal to bring it all together concurrently.”

Doing so is a challenge because of complicated rules in the Senate that allow Republicans to push through a repeal of the Affordable Care Act without Democratic votes – but may require Democrats to go along with replacing the health law.

Ryan indicates Republicans will try to use fast-track budget rules in the Senate for elements of the replacement plan, too, adding: “we’re going to use every tool at our disposal.”