Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) gave a rousing speech encouraging his GOP caucus to support the AHCA (Obamacare repeal) bill that was set before them on Thursday.
Ryan reminded the legislature that the had long been promising voters that they would repeal Obamacare, and the time had come for them to honor that promise.
Paul Ryan: There is a fundamental and urgent choice at the heart of this debate. We can continue with the status quo under Obamacare, and we know what that looks like. It means even higher premiums, even fewer choices, even more insurance companies pulling out. Even more uncertainty and more chaos! Look at what has happened in Iowa this week!
As is the case in so many areas, in this country, Iowa is down to one insurer. That of course is not a choice, but now that one insurer is saying that it will have to pull out of 94 or 99 counties in Iowa. This is happening right now! So tens of thousands of Iowans will go from having one option, to no options. That is not a choice. That is a crisis! And it is happening right now! What protection is Obamacare if there is no health care plan to purchase in your state?
A lot of us have been waiting seven years to cast this vote. Many of us are here because we pledged to cast this very vote… to rescue people from this collapsing law. Are we going meet this test? Are we going to be men and women of our word?
Paul Ryan: Are we going to keep the promises we made?
Paul Ryan: Or are we going to falter? No. After all of this, after all of this, after seeing what is happening in Iowa and across the country… knowing all this turmoil that is coming, we will not faulter, we will replace, and today is the day that we are going to do this.