It is the winter of 2010. Republicans and Democrats are meeting for an historic health summit at the Blair House in Washington, DC. Paul Ryan, ranking member of the House Budget Committee, leads things off for Republicans—and in just two simple sentences, he gets to the heart of the health care debate:
"We don't think the government should be in control of all of this. We want people to be in control."
Fast-forward seven years later, and Paul Ryan's point is as true as ever. But now, Republicans have an opportunity to do something about it. That is why tomorrow, the House of Representatives will take the first big step in taking power away from Washington and returning it to the people.
Full transcript from the throwback video
"When you take a look at this, it's really deeper than the deficits or the budget gimmicks or the actuarial analysis. There really is a difference between us.
"And we've been talking about how much we agree on different issues, but there really is a difference between us. And it's basically this: we don't think the government should be in control of all of this. We want people to be in control. And that, at the end of the day, is the big difference.
"Now, we've offered lots of ideas all last year, all this year. Because we agree the status quo is unsustainable. It's got to get fixed. It's bankrupting families. It's bankrupting our government. It's hurting families with pre-existing conditions. We all want to fix this.
"But we don't think that this is the answer to the solution. And all of the analysis we get proves that point.
"Now, I'll just simply say this. And I respectfully disagree with the vice president about what the American people are or are not saying or whether we're qualified to speak on their behalf. So...we are all representatives of the American people. We all do town hall meetings. We all talk to our constituents. And I've got to tell you, the American people are engaged. And if you think they want a government takeover of health care, I would respectfully submit you're not listening to them.
"So what we simply want to do is start over, work on a clean-sheeted paper, move through these issues, step by step, and fix them, and bring down health care costs and not raise them. And that's basically the point."