Progress on Health Care and Regulatory Reform: Remarks from Leadership Press Conference

John Boehner

Summary: This morning at a press conference with Republican leaders, Speaker Ryan discussed the progress the House is making on repealing and replacing Obamacare and providing relief from overbearing regulations.

Key Quote: “This law is collapsing. We hear it every day from our constituents. We hear it from the families who tell us the deductibles are so high, it doesn’t feel like they have insurance. We hear it from the people who have been denied choices. This law is collapsing, and we need to step in and restore real choices and real competition so that we can actually lower costs for patients and families.”

Transcript:

“This week in the House, we are making important progress on two fronts.

“First, our committees are set to begin holding legislative hearings on bills to deliver relief for Americans struggling under Obamacare. This is the next step in a step-by-step approach to repealing and replacing Obamacare with an affordable, patient-centered system.

“We know that this law is collapsing. We hear it every day from our constituents. We hear it from the families who tell us the deductibles are so high, it doesn’t feel like they have insurance. We hear it from the people who have been denied choices. This law is collapsing, and we need to step in and restore real choices and real competition so that we can actually lower costs for patients and families.

“Second, under the Congressional Review Act, the House will expedite five resolutions to block costly, harmful regulations. This includes turning the page on what has been, for the last eight years, a war on coal jobs in America. These measures will deliver relief from regulations that have threatened to wipe out thousands upon thousands of jobs in the energy industry.

“In addition, we are setting in motion reforms for a more sensible regulatory reform system. Earlier this month, we passed the REINS Act, which requires congressional approval of any new major regulation. And yesterday, the president took action to cap the costs that regulators can impose each year. This regulatory budget is something that we actually proposed in our regulatory agenda that we ran on last year, and we’re very excited to see it off and running.

“So this is not just about blocking bad regulations. This is about smart regulations. This is about jobs, and economic opportunity, and entrepreneurs, and small businesses, and manufacturers.

“We want to pave the way for real growth, higher wages, and more success for the workers and the small businesses who are at the heart of our economy.”

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