“Instead of more mandates, you should have the freedom and the flexibility to choose the plan that best meets your needs. Instead of more bureaucracy, the patient and the doctor should be at the center of our health care decisions. Instead of all this uncertainty—instead of worrying about whether or not you have to find a new plan or a new doctor—you should have real peace of mind. That’s what our health care system should look like.”
— House Speaker Paul Ryan
Tuesday morning, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), along with other GOP Congressional leaders delivered a press conference on the necessity of repealing and replacing Obamacare. Speaker Ryan also explained what the GOP vision for Healthcare in America “looked like.”
It was an important press conference in that it should assuage some fears that have been brewing among conservatives who worried that the GOP had yet to make any moves towards repealing Obamacare. With this press conference, Ryan and the others in GOP leadership were sending a strong signal to their base that they had not forgotten the mandate the American people had given them…
A mandate to repeal Obamacare and to get the government out of the healthcare business.
Transcript of Rep. Paul Ryan’s Comments:
Our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare is about two big things. First, it is about rescuing people from this collapsing law, where the premiums are getting higher and higher, and the choices are getting fewer and fewer, to the point where people just have no choices left at all. This law is in a collapse and we have an obligation to rescue people from that collapse.
“It’s also about building a stronger health care system for the country. One that gives every American access to quality, affordable care. Instead of fewer choices, we want our health care system to be truly competitive. Insurers should compete for your business, and treat you fairly.
“Instead of more mandates, you should have the freedom and the flexibility to choose the plan that best meets your needs. Instead of more bureaucracy, the patient and the doctor should be at the center of our health care decisions. Instead of all this uncertainty—instead of worrying about whether or not you have to find a new plan or a new doctor—you should have real peace of mind. That’s what our health care system should look like.
“All of this will help lower costs and end the annual sticker shock of higher premiums.
“I fully recognize and respect the strong feelings that people have about this issue. We should be passionate about this issue. It is about people’s lives. This affects every person and every family in America.
“That is why we are taking a step-by-step approach. So people can see the changes that we are making, so that they can see how they will help. And, working with Secretary Price, we will have a stable transition, where no one has the rug pulled out from under them while we work toward a better, more stable system.
“So this step-by-step approach will rescue people from Obamacare’s collapse, and give every American access to affordable, quality health care.
“This is how we will deliver on our promise to the American people. This is why we are doing what we are doing. We have to stop the collapse. And we have better ideas that have been time-tested that will make sure we give the American people the kind of relief they deserve.”