Ryan Vows to Offer ObamaCare Replacement Plan in 2016
Speaker Paul Ryan suggested on Thursday that he would offer a replacement plan for ObamaCare in 2016.
“There are many things to do, but most urgent is to repeal and replace ObamaCare,” Ryan said. “We think this problem is so urgent that, next year, we are going to unveil a plan to replace every word of ObamaCare.”
What it all comes down to is whether we conservatives have confidence in ourselves. Do we really believe our philosophy is true? Do we have the best ideas? If so, then I don’t see any reason why we should hold back,” Ryan said.
“Put together a positive agenda, and take it to the American people. Give people the choice they are yearning for. And if next year, this House can say we have done that, then we will have done our job.”
The Hill reports:
Ryan delivered his remarks hours before the Senate was expected to take a key vote to repeal major ObamaCare provisions. It would mark the first time such a repeal would be sent to the president’s desk, though President Obama has vowed to veto that bill.
GOP leaders, including the newly elected Speaker, have long been criticized for failing to produce legislation that could replace Obama’s healthcare law.
Offering no specifics, the Speaker hinted that his plan would include tax credits that, like under ObamaCare, help people afford insurance. It would also repeal the individual and employer mandates at the heart of the law, which have been heavily criticized by conservatives.
Ryan, along with several other GOP committee chairman, began drafting a plan earlier this year when faced with the threat of an ObamaCare meltdown if the Supreme Court decided to strike down key parts of the law in King v. Burwell.
But once the law was upheld in June, Ryan and others said it became a problem for the next president.
While every Republican candidate for president has vowed to repeal ObamaCare, none have released specific details about how they would fully replace it.
In his speech to fellow lawmakers and key conservative thinkers, Ryan took aim at Obama, the man he tried to unseat in the 2012 race, saying the president and his party’s strategy is to “slice and dice” the electorate and “demonize” the GOP.
See the full story at The Hill.
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