On Monday, House Speaker Paul Ryan told Fox News’ Bret Baier that he’s “encouraged” by a recent Congressional Budget Office report that found that the GOP’s Obamacare repeal proposal would result in 24 million Americans losing insurance coverage by 2026.
“I think if you read this entire report, I’m pretty encouraged by it, and it actually exceeded my expectations,” Ryan said.
“We’re saying the government’s not going to force people to buy something they don’t want to buy. And if we end an Obamacare mandate that says you must buy this government, one-size-fits-all plan, guess what, people aren’t going to buy that. So, of course, they’re going to suggest that if we’re not going to make people do something they don’t want to do, they’re not going to do it.”
The recent CBO report found that, by 2026, the GOP’s proposed repeal and ultimate replacement of the Affordable Care Act would drastically increase the number of Americans without health insurance coverage. As recently outlined by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, the 24 million people that will be left without insurance actually amount to the populations of many states. The report also stated that the proposed replacement would reduce the federal budget deficit by $337 billion.
During his appearance on Fox News, the House Speaker said that he’s “encouraged” and “excited” by the aforementioned report. Specifically, he noted that the GOP plan would lower premiums and improve access to healthcare. Ryan explained, “This compared to the status quo is far better.”
Ryan’s response to the report is entirely different from that of the Trump administration. On Monday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price chose to question the validity of the report, rather than respond to it’s findings as Ryan did. Price stated, “we think that CBO simply has it wrong.”
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