The Urgency of Obamacare Repeal: Speaker Ryan’s Interview on Morning Joe | Speaker.gov

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Summary: It’s been a busy 24 hours on the Obamacare front, with more bad news for consumers already struggling with higher premiums and fewer choices. Amid these developments, Speaker Ryan appeared on Morning Joe to talk about the urgency of rescuing people from this collapsing law.

Key Quote: “Assuming that the status quo can stay with Obamacare is wrong—it’s collapsing as we speak. Humana, I think, just announced yesterday they are pulling out. ... So that’s one of the reasons why we’re doing Obamacare first because we’ve got to rescue people from this collapse. And we feel an obligation to do that.”

We’ve Got To Rescue People

Assuming that the status quo can stay with Obamacare is wrong—it’s collapsing as we speak. Humana, I think, just announced yesterday they are pulling out. ... The Blue Crosses are on their last breath in these plans. So the status quo isn’t staying put—it is collapsing. So that’s one of the reasons why we’re doing Obamacare first because we’ve got to rescue people from this collapse. And we feel an obligation to do that.”


More Plans and More Competition

“We've long said that people ought to be able to stay on their insurance until they're 26 years of age. With respect to pre-existing conditions, we think the better and smarter policy is to revitalize our risk pools at the state level with federal financing. So I see sort of a cooperation between the federal government and the state government. We don’t want to have the federal government overregulate all of health insurance. It's why we only have one plan left in five states, one plan left in 33 percent of the counties in America. So we do want to go back to states' rights, so that you can have competition. More plans, more competition that's a good thing.”

Urgency 

“We have to do Obamacare first in our first budget, and the reason we have to do it first is because the law is collapsing so fast. The insurance companies need to know what the lay of the land is going to look like in 2018. And if we waited and did Obamacare in the summer, you would have so many pullouts. You would have people with zero plans left. So, we really feel that because the law is collapsing, there’s an urgent nature.”