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Ryan: Dems 'Throwing Sand in the Gears' to Save Obamacare

By    |   Tuesday, 09 May 2017 09:46 AM

Democrats are seeing their vision of "government-run healthcare evaporate before their eyes," House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday, and are acting out because "it's really disturbing to them."

"This law is failing fast," Ryan told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program. "What we're doing is a rescue operation, which is getting rid of this law, which is collapsing. In Iowa last week, the last insurer said 'we are pulling out.' That means 94 of 99 counties in the state of Iowa [will have] no health insurance choices."

In addition, the speaker said Maryland has announced a 58 percent premium increase for next year and Aetna has pulled out of Virginia.

"This law is collapsing and people aren't getting any care, let alone affordable care," said Ryan.

The left, meanwhile, is "spreading these narratives to try and just basically throw sand in the gears" because they do not want to lose Obamacare, said Ryan.

"They want their vision of a government-run system takeover of healthcare to occur, and it's not happening," the speaker said. "What our plan does is it gives people more choices, gives them a tax credit so they can go buy a plan that they want."

Ryan said there are some states, like his own home state of Wisconsin or in Maine, that had "really good systems" that guaranteed people with pre-existing conditions "really affordable" healthcare.

"What we're basically saying is let's have state and federal assistance for people with catastrophic illnesses," Ryan said. "Directly subsidize their specific care so that they get affordable care but that means everybody else doesn't have to pay for that."

On Sunday, Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economics professor, also known as the co-architect of Obamacare, blamed President Donald Trump for Obamacare's problems, but Ryan commented in response that the healthcare law has never worked.

"Basically, it said we are going to force people to buy something they don't want to buy, to force younger, healthier people to way overpay for healthcare to try to subsidize for everybody else," said Ryan. "That didn't work. We have a better system. What our plan does is aimed at getting premiums down. Letting people have a plan that they want that's more affordable and yes, our plan has layers of protection for people with pre-existing conditions."

Ryan also denied complaints that the bill was passed without giving lawmakers the chance to read through it, pointing out that the original AHCA was online for a couple of months.

"The last amendment was a three-page amendment," said Ryan. "Obamacare was over 2,000 pages. This bill is less than 200 pages, and it was posted online for over a month. Anybody in America, anybody in the world could read this bill."

He also denied reports that it could take the Senate until 2018 to return a healthcare bill. While it won't happen overnight, Ryan said, "hopefully it takes a month or two to get it through the Senate."

"We need the people to get ability to plan," said Ryan. "Insurers are pulling out very, very quickly. We need to show insurers there is a better system coming."

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