Summary: Today, Speaker Ryan held a press conference with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) on the introduction of the American Health Care Act—legislation introduced by House Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Key Quote: “We made a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with conservative solutions and reforms. That is exactly what this bill does, and that’s why we’re here.”
“This is the American Health Care Act. It’s been a long time coming.
“This bill—the American Health Care Act—it keeps our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. It delivers relief to Americans fed up with skyrocketing premiums and fewer choices. It moves us away from the broken status quo toward a better, patient-centered system.
“That means lower costs for hardworking families. It means more choices and competition so that you can buy the plan that you need and that you can afford. It means greater control of your health care.
“As you know, this is the culmination of a years-long, inclusive process that we’ve been doing here for years. Last June, as part of our Better Way agenda, we put forward our vision for health care. After the election, we began to work with our counterparts in the Senate and the Trump administration on this plan.
“I want to thank President Trump, I want to thank Vice President Pence, and I want to thank Secretary Price for their support and their hard work in getting us to this repeal and replace point.
“I also want to thank Chairman Brady, who’s going to be joining us in a minute, and Chairman Walden for their leadership.
“Now this bill will go through the regular order process in the House. As it does, I encourage all Americans to read this bill online at readthebill.gop. Go online and read the bill at readthebill.gop.
“Doing big things is never easy. But we have made a promise—and we are going to keep that promise. We made a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with conservative solutions and reforms. That is exactly what this bill does, and that’s why we’re here.”