Tax Reform, Health Care, and More: Speaker Ryan’s Interview on PBS NewsHour | Speaker.gov

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Summary: Last night, Speaker Ryan appeared on PBS NewsHour for an interview with Judy Woodruff, where he discussed individual and corporate tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare, and working with the administration to solve some of the nation’s biggest challenges.

Key Quote: “Remember the promises of Obamacare: lower prices, more choices . . . those things did not happen. We believe we can make good on those kinds of promises, which is improve access to affordable health care coverage.”

Tax Reform

“We're planning revenue neutral tax reform, which means you have to take away loopholes and special interest deductions if you're going to lower tax rates. That's clearly what we're working on doing. That's what the House blueprint that we ran on does do. It does affect both what we call the individual side of the tax code and the business side of the tax code.”

“With good, comprehensive, across-the-board tax reform, we really believe we can get the kind of economic growth we need, which will solve so many problems we have in this country. And fundamental tax reform is critical because now, we have the worst tax code in the industrialized world, bar none.”

Obamacare Repeal and Replace

“What we propose—and we ran on a replacement plan, by the way, so we've long had a replacement plan for Obamacare, and that's exactly what we're focused on right now—is building a replacement plan so we repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered health care, which we are convinced will give us a better system at the end of the day.

"Remember the promises of Obamacare: lower prices, more choices . . . those things did not happen. We believe we can make good on those kinds of promises, which is improve access to affordable health care coverage. Right now, people aren't getting affordable health care coverage. And so we really do believe, to get this right, you have to repeal and replace this law with something better. And that is exactly what we ran on in 2016.”

“Five states only have one plan left to choose from. One out of three counties in America have only one plan to choose from. Those are monopolies. Seventy percent of counties in America have one or two plans to choose from. Those are duopolies. . . . massive price increases, massive deductible increases. The law is collapsing while we speak.”

Solving Problems

“I think what people want to see happen in government is people work together to solve problems. People work together to iron out their differences, to make good on making a difference in people's lives to fix this country's problems—that is what I believe I was elected to do, and that's what I'm doing.”

“I'm focused on getting that agenda done. I'm focused on making Congress work. I'm focused on making good on our promises that we made when we ran that I'm trying to implement now.”

Watch Speaker Ryan’s full interview here.