Summary: This morning, Speaker Ryan appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss the American Health Care Act.
Making good on our promise with President Trump:
“It’s exactly where we want to be. And the reason I feel so good about this is because the president’s become a great closer. He is the one who has helped negotiate changes to this bill with members from all over our caucus. . . . You’ve got to get 218 Republicans who’ve come from all different walks of life to come together and agree on the best possible plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. The reason I feel very good where we are? We all—all of us, all Republicans in the House, Senate, and the president—made a promise to the American people that we would repeal and replace this faulty, collapsing law. And we’re going to make good on that promise.”
The choice between the status quo or patient-centered, affordable health care:
“When we bring this to a vote, either we’re going to keep the Obamacare status quo—the law is collapsing, five states have one plan left, over a third of the counties in America have only one insurer left, some are already pulling out. Massive premium increases in the future—a collapsing law. Or, we replace it with patient-centered health care that works. Where we give people more freedom. Where we let the states go back to running their health insurance markets. That is what we ran on. This is the plan we ran on all last year.”
“The answer is not a government one-size-fits-all, arrogant, micromanaging system where the government forces you to buy something you don’t want, don’t need, or can’t afford. The goal here is to give every American access to affordable coverage. That means we have to bring the cost of health care down. That means we don’t want monopolies. That is what we’re achieving.”