WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) made the following comments this evening at a Republican leadership press conference:
“I want to thank Mike Pence. He gave a great presentation to our members, really rallied our members around our efforts here to repeal and replace Obamacare. So I want to thank the vice president for that.
“As you know, going back to the transition, we have been working hand-in-glove with this administration on this agenda, starting with this health care plan.
“Because we made a promise. We made a promise to all Americans to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“We will end this nightmare and put in place reforms that will improve people’s lives, give people the kind of health care they want, not the kind of health care government is making them buy.
“So for families, you know what this means for families? This means lower costs.
“It means more choices. It means a more vibrant marketplace where insurance companies compete against each other for your business, not some monopoly.
“Look, this system is collapsing. It is crashing, and a lot of these insurers don’t want to become monopolies. They have no choice, because they’re the last person standing. So we’ve got to step in, and arrest this problem, repeal this law, and replace it with a system that works for everybody.
“It also means—finally—returning power from Washington back to the states, back to doctors, and back to families, back to patients.
“We are not just committed to this plan. We are committed to this process.
“This is an open, transparent process, where the bill goes through regular order. The reason you’re doing all this reporting on the ups and the downs, and the who’s-saying-what, is because we’re going through a very transparent, open process.
“It goes through four committees. It has gone through two committees so far. One committee tomorrow. Rules Committee next week. That is called the legislative process. We’ve very proud of that.
“As the governing party, we have a responsibility to do big things. As the governing party, we have tackle the big issues that are facing this country before they tackle us.
“So the bottom line is: we made a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. And we are going to keep our word.”
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