Federal regulators on Wednesday are seeking to delay the federal government’s plans to roll out a healthcare law that critics say is too costly and too time-consuming.
The move comes as President Donald Trump seeks congressional approval for a plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system.
Trump, who has promised to sign the health care bill into law as soon as he can, has repeatedly said he wants to get the bill to his desk by Christmas.
“I think it’s important that we get it done this year,” Trump said in a recent interview.
The Trump administration has been trying to convince Congress to pass a bill this year that would stabilize the U.S. health care market and give it more time to absorb the cost of the health law.
But in recent days, several federal regulators have urged the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission to delay their plans to implement the health insurance law’s consumer protections and regulations.
In the latest sign of the administration’s frustration with lawmakers, Trump on Monday announced he was pulling out of a key deal to expand insurance coverage to millions of Americans that was hammered out in a long-running compromise between Republicans and Democrats.
The administration is also pushing to move ahead with its plans to allow insurers to charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions.
Trump is also expected to unveil a new healthcare bill, a move that would create a new market for insurers to sell policies, a key sticking point in the agreement with Democrats.
In recent weeks, some Republican lawmakers have suggested that a new version of the plan, if enacted, would hurt the Affordable Care Act.
Trump’s administration has responded by saying it would support the law’s marketplaces and the implementation of the law.
It has also been working to get insurers to comply with its requirements that insurers cover people with preexisting conditions, which Democrats say would make it harder for insurers and consumers to negotiate the price of insurance.
“It’s clear the administration is determined to use this fight to delay this important reform,” said Sarah Anderson, the senior vice president for health policy at the conservative Heritage Foundation.
“They will try to slow down and delay this as long as possible, and I am confident they will succeed.”