Republicans keep changing when Obamacare will be repealed — yet health insurers have a deadline coming up

When the Trump administration’s replacement for the Affordable Care Act can be expected seems to depend on whom you ask and when.

But the moving target has complicated a clear, nonnegotiable and impending deadline for health insurers: May 3 at the very latest.

The political clarity these businesses are seeking will affect how they design and price 2018 individual market plans, and even whether they participate in the ACA’s exchanges at all.

As much clarity as possible by March “would be helpful,” said Kristine Grow, senior vice president of communications at industry group America’s Health Insurance Plans.

But key Republican figures have offered varying deadlines: March or April, or sometime this year, or maybe even next year.

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