ICYMI: Speaker Ryan Joins Charlie Sykes on ‘Indivisible’ | Speaker.gov

Summary: On Wednesday night, Speaker Ryan joined Charlie Sykes for an interview on Indivisible, a national radio show produced by WNYC-FM in New York, Minnesota Public Radio, and The Economist. You can listen to the full interview here, or check out two of our favorite moments below:

Making progress toward health care reform:

“We’re making progress. We’ve gotten some reforms that we’ve agreed to, and we’re working on some others. We’re making good steps in the right direction. We’ve got a number of concepts that our members are working toward to improve the bill. It’s all about how do you bring down premiums even more. And so we’ve got some ideas we’ve already agreed to, and we’re working on some others.”

“We think the Obamacare system is collapsing and failing and we want to replace it with something that will actually work, that’s going to be better health care, with better, lower prices and more choices. We believe in a patient-centered system. That means choice and competition in health care. You don’t have one insurer to choose from, but many insurers to choose from, so they compete against each other for our business.”

Getting to the root cause of poverty:

“I just don’t believe that more government, more spending, more top-down, bureaucratic micromanagement from Washington is the way to save people from poverty. . . . Fight poverty in its root causes and help break the cycle of poverty. . . . We are now in the 52nd year of the war on poverty. Trillions were spent and yet the poverty rate is about the same as it was when we started—it is a stalemate. So this idea of measuring success and fighting poverty based on how much money we spend, or how many rules and programs come out of Washington, is a ridiculous notion that doesn’t work, because we are not measuring the right thing. We should be measuring whether our reforms actually get people out of poverty, actually create wealth, and opportunity, and upward mobility, so people can get out of poverty. Those are the kinds of reforms we’re talking about. How do you do reforms to help local communities, help poverty fighters, to get people out of the cycle of poverty? And I would strongly argue that we have a lot of federal programs that make it harder for people to get out of poverty, that are trapping people in poverty, that are disincentivizing work and upward mobility. And so we have a long, wide variety of ideas and reforms that we’re moving through Congress and we’re proposing.”