Speaker Paul Ryan has worked tirelessly to put together a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. But now that their is a Republican majority in Congress, the Senate, and the White House he is scrambling to get support for it in both parties. Democrats hate it because they want to keep the Affordable Care Act and staunch Republicans hate it because they feel it is Obamacare 2.0. But Ryan admitted something interesting after the Congressional Budget Office released their scoring for the new healthcare bill.
On a Fox News segment with Bret Baier, Baier asked him,
“The reaction early on, on the Hill, it’s a little stunned at the number of people who would be uninsured, saying that 24 million by 2026 would be uninsured, relative to the current law. So your reaction on these numbers and what they mean?”
The Speaker responded,
“Well actually I think if you read this entire report. I’m pretty encouraged by it, and it actually exceeded my expectations. Bret, Tom Price and Mick Mulvaney there mentioned the estimates before were that 25 million people would be on Obamacare today, less than half of them are.
But look at what they said the reason why they think this uninsured would happen – we’re saying that government’s not going to force people to buy something they don’t want to buy. And if we end an Obamacare mandate that says you must buy this government one-size-fits-all plan, guess what? People aren’t gonna buy that.
So of course they’re going to suggest that if we’re not going to make people do something they don’t want to do, they’re not gonna do it. That’s really what’s behind this. What I’m encouraged is, once our reforms kick in, what the CBO is telling us is, it’s going to lower premiums. It’ll lower premiums 10%. It stabilizes the market. It’s a $1.2 trillion spending cut, and 883 billion tax cut and 337 billion dollars in deficit reduction. So of course the CBO is going to say, if you’re not going to force people to buy something they don’t want to buy, they won’t buy it. But at the same time they’re saying, our reforms will kick in and lower premiums and make health care therefore more accessible.”
He further added to his comments saying,
And by the way the way Bret, I just wanna say one more thing and then I’ll stop talking. This is just part one of a three part plan and that’s why I’m excited. Just this, they say, lowers premiums, stabilizes the market, gives people more choice and freedom. Part two is Tom Price at HHS, brings more choice and competition, lets the states open up markets which will lower prices even more. And part three are the other bills that we will be passing: interstate shopping across state lines, association of health care plans to let people bulk buy insurance nation-wide, medical liability reform. Those will drop premiums even further, and make health care even more accessible, than what CBO is saying in an encouraging way already will.”
The media outlet pointed to statistics for the new American Healthcare Act that many have been describing as bad. Look below,
Ryan focused on discussing how many Americans have opted to pay the fine for not having health insurance rather than buying into Obamacare. Also calling on the rising deductible cost and premium cost. As well as the fact that numerous Americans had only one healthcare option.
It’s going to be war on Capitol Hill and it has only just begun.
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