Hours after the American Health Care Act received approval from a third House committee, Speaker Ryan appeared on MSNBC’s MTP Daily and CNN’s The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer.
Speaker Paul Ryan on health care plan: "It's not MY bill, it's OUR bill"... we wrote it with the administration https://t.co/kKj2njW4D0— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) March 16, 2017
The Closest We’ll Ever Get
“What I meant when I said ‘This is the moment’—this process, this reconciliation bill that we’re producing, is the closest we’ll ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare. I mean that—it is that. But the whole process is one where we legislate and work and nail down agreements. Now that we have our score, we can make even more fine tuning. This is always going to be an open process where we get feedback from people, where we get feedback from members, where we fine tune all the way to the end. That’s the way the process works. . . . This process, which ultimately ends up with a budget bill—a law—is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare.” (From MSNBC)
This is Legislating
“This is legislating. We’re listening to our members, and making the kinds of refinements, the kinds of additions and improvements to the bill that we think, as I say, gets the sweet spot. Gets a bill that everybody likes, that everybody can support, because it’s just really important we get this right. The reason it’s really important we get this right is because Obamacare is collapsing. We can’t just sit back and watch it happen. We have an obligation and a duty to do what we said we would do when we ran for office, and that is replace Obamacare with a much better system. And that’s what we’re trying to do." (From CNN)
The Reason I’m Excited for This
“The reason I’m excited for this is because I think this is an opportunity. It’s an opportunity for us to fix a broken system that is failing, that is crashing, and to get at the goal of giving people access to affordable coverage. And we want to make sure we get it right, and that’s why we didn’t just take this to the floor. We didn’t write this in Harry Reid’s office on Christmas Eve like they did [with] Obamacare and jam it through. We’re going through regular order.” (From CNN)