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Rep. Tim Ryan: Republicans Created AHCA to Keep Political Promises

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By    |   Friday, 10 Mar 2017 03:53 PM

The architects of the American Health Care Act created the new legislation to "keep a political promise they should have never made," Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan said Friday.

"They used this Obamacare issue for seven or eight years, banging on the president, banging on Democrats, getting people riled up," the Ohio lawmaker told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

"Now they have to hurry up and make a commitment to a political promise. That's driving the policy here."

The healthcare issue, though, is an opportunity for Democrats to show how President Donald Trump has gone back on many of his own campaign promises, Ryan continued.

"I think this particular health care bill will go down as one of the great flip-flops in political history, right up there with 'read my lips, no new taxes,'" said Ryan. "The promises that President Trump made in places like Ohio about healthcare and jobs, and then he turns around and is going to actively support this healthcare bill is ridiculous."

Ryan noted that the head of the Ohio Hospital Association reported that the legislation will cost a million people their coverage, and about 25 percent of the state's hospitals will close.

"Those are in rural areas that Trump was in, campaigning and making a lot of promises," said Ryan. "This is a platform for us to say this is wrong and why we are better."

Ryan said people in his state had had a wait and see approach when it comes to Trump, but now, things will turn against him.

"The fact that a million people in Ohio will lose their health care because of this, those 50-year-old men or women are going to get so hammered by this health care bill, it's not funny," said Ryan. "Obamacare wasn't perfect. We could fix a lot of things in there and we should, but if you are 50 years old in Ohio, getting health care, they used to be able to only charge you 3-1 to everyone else in the plan. Now, they are going to be able to charge you five times more than the person in the plan. The subsidies aren't going to connect."

Further, Ryan said that even Republicans can't agree on the bill.

"Their main criticism was, the premiums are too high under Obamacare. Basically, what they are doing now is they are taking out healthy people that are in the risk pool. They are going to cover people who are older and sicker, which means premiums and deductibles are going to go way up. This didn't solve the criticism they kept presenting to the American people."

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