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Speaker Ryan’s Remarks from Today’s Press Conference

WASHINGTON—Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered the following remarks on the American Health Care Act

“You’ve all heard me say this before: Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains. And well, we’re feeling those growing pains today.

“We came really close today, but we came up short. I spoke to the president just a little while ago, and I told him the best thing that I think to do is to pull this bill, and he agreed with that decision. I will not sugar coat this: This is a disappointing day fo us. Doing big things is hard. All of us. All of us—myself included—we will need time to reflect on how we got to this moment, what we could have done to do it better.

“But ultimately, this all kind of comes down to a choice. Are all of us willing to give a little to get something done? Are we willing to say yes to the good—to the very good—even if it’s not the perfect? Because if we’re willing to do that, we still have such an incredible opportunity in front of us. 

“There remains so much that we can do to help improve people’s lives. And we will.

“Because, I got to tell you, that’s why I’m here. And I know it’s why every member of this conference is here: to make this a better country. We want American families to feel more confident in their lot in life. We want the next generation to know that, yes, the best days of this country are still ahead of us. 

“I’m really proud of the bill that we produced. It would make a dramatic improvement in our health care system and provide relief to people hurting under Obamacare. And what’s probably most troubling is the worst is yet to come with Obamacare.

“I’m also proud of the long, inclusive, member-driven process that we had. Any member who wanted to engage constructively, to offer ideas, to improve this bill, they could.  And I want to thank so many members who helped make this bill better. A lot of our members put a lot of hard work into this.

“I also want to thank the president, I want to thank the vice president, I want to thank Tom Price, Mick Mulvaney, and the entire White House team. The president gave his all in this effort. He did everything he possibly could to help people see the opportunity that we have with this bill. He’s really been fantastic.

“Still, we have to do better. And we will. I absolutely believe that. This is a setback. No two ways about it. But it is not the end of this story.

“Because I know that every man and woman in this conference is now motivated more than ever to step up our game. To deliver on our promises. I know that every one is committed to seizing this incredible opportunity that we have. And I sure am.” 

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Throwback Video: "There’s a Difference Between Us"

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.”

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AHCA Is a Promise Kept: Speaker Ryan Joins Hugh Hewitt

Summary: This morning, Speaker Ryan joined The Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss the American Health Care Act. Listen to the interview here.

Three reasons we will get this done:

The reason I feel good where we are, is number one: This is good policy. We are repealing Obamacare, and replacing it with good Republican tax policy. And, number two, Tom Price is working really hard in getting us the kind of regulatory relief—he’s doing what Kathleen Sebelius and Silvia Burwell did in reverse, which will dramatically deregulate the health insurance marketplace. Let the states go back to being in charge of regulating their marketplaces. . . . We have good reforms.

Number two: We’ve got a promise to keep. We promised the American people we would repeal and replace this law. We have to do it for real. . . . a real promise kept is one where we actually use the only process we have to actually repeal this law. And so, I believe at the end of the day, members are going to say, ‘I’m going to keep my promise to the people who voted for me and sent me to office.’

And number three: We have a very engaged president. I am so pleased and impressed with Donald Trump and Mike Pence, who are really leaning into this thing, working hard, talking to members, brokering things, getting it done, leaning into it. So we have an engaged president, we have a prominent promise to keep, and we have good policy. Those three combinations are very, very good.”

It will reverse government-run health care:

“[Liberals] just have this ideological quest for basically government-run health care—single-payer health care. They see Obamacare as a means to that end. They wanted to get it all in the full swoop and they have always believed that the system would probably collapse the insurance companies, they would be in power when that happens, and then they’d have what we call the public option where they’d just put in place a government program that would give cradle to grave health care and voila—you got government-run health care. They want to hold on to that dream and that’s why they’re in denial that this stage of their march toward government-run health care is collapsing. The insurers are leaving the market, the premiums are skyrocketing, and no one is using it. A lot of folks just can’t afford it and you’ve got the pull-outs where they don’t have a choice anymore.”

And it will mean a promise kept:

The health care law is collapsing. If we don’t replace it with patient-centered, Republican-based conservative reforms, it will just increase the cry for socialized medicine, and it will be a fundamental broken promise. There is no more prominent promise any Republican has made over the last seven years than this one. . . . This is the one real chance and opportunity we have to repeal and replace the law.”

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