Fox’s Chris Wallace pressed House Speaker Paul Ryan during the most recent edition of “Fox News Sunday” over the GOP’s plan to slam seniors with high healthcare costs.
Wallace claimed that Ryan’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would crush senior Americans because it would force them to either pay thousands more for insurance or drop their coverage altogether.
The Fox News host cited a report conducted by the Congressional Budget Office that showed that 24 million fewer Americans would have insurance coverage under Ryan’s proposed Obamacare replacement in 10 years time.
“You said that part of that is that this is what freedom looks like, but is the major decrease in the number of people — according to the CBO — who will have health insurance, is it freedom or is it that some people will no longer be able to afford health insurance under your plan?”
Specifically, the Fox host referenced a CBO estimate that a 64 year old that makes less than $27,000 each year would pay $14,600 for health insurance, rather than the $1,700 they pay under former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
“What they’re saying is that this isn’t freedom, this isn’t people voluntarily deciding not to have health insurance. It’s that your plan makes it unaffordable for people.”
However, Ryan resorted to the argument that Obamacare is simply “not going to last,” though he also agreed that older Americans would get the short end of the stick under his plan.
“We’re not going to make people buy something that’s so expensive that they can’t afford, that the market is not going to offer and so where I dispute that comparison is it suggests that we’re going to have the same kinds of plans being offered in 10 years that Obamacare would otherwise offer.”
Ryan continued, “The person in their 50s or 60s does have additional health care costs than, say, a person in their 20s and 30s. You’re right in saying — and we agree — we believe we should have even more assistance and that’s one of the things we’re looking at for that person in their 50s and 60s.”
Wallace then questioned the House Speaker, saying, “so, you’re going to change the plan?”
Ryan responded, “that is among the things we’re looking at doing, yes, and the point I would say is, we’re going to let people buy what they want to buy. We’re going to have more plans being offered, more choice and competition.
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