Summary: Today at a press conference with Republican leaders, Speaker Ryan discussed how the House is delivering results for Americans—including relief from Obamacare through patient-centered reform.
Key Quote: “We are committed to rescuing people from this collapsing law and replace it with a much better system that is a patient-centered health care system, where we as patients and our doctors are the nucleus, the decision makers of our health care system—not some distant bureaucracy.”
“Every day, we are focused here on delivering results for the American people. That is the trust that has been given to us by the people we represent.
“That is why we are tackling these excessive regulations—because it means job creation, it means opportunity, it means more growth and innovation across our economy. That is why you are seeing us take our precious time to focus on rolling back excessive regulations that are killing jobs in America.
“It’s also why we are working to repeal and replace
Obamacare—to help people who are struggling with these higher premiums. To help people who have lost their plan or their doctor or both. To help people left with just one insurer to choose from, as is the case with one out of every three counties in America.
“This is not what the country was promised. Far from it. More and more, we see things getting worse. More and more, we see this law collapsing in front of us.
“So we could do one of two things: We could just sit back and watch the collapse happen and see people get hurt, or we could step in and conduct a rescue mission, which is to rescue the American health care system from the collapse that is coming because of Obamacare. There is no excuse for getting this wrong.
“That is why, as promised, we are taking action step by step. One of those steps is also getting Tom Price confirmed as HHS Secretary, and we hope that the Senate will do that very soon. With Dr. Price in place at HHS, he will help deliver stability and reinvigorate the marketplace for consumers so that people can have more choices.
“Another step is to have our committees take action on specific health care bills. That’s why Cathy McMorris Rodgers isn’t here today—because the Energy and Commerce Committee is marking up important Medicaid legislation while we speak. We are pressing ahead step by step.
“Now I know there are strong views about this. There should be strong views about this. Health care is very personal. That is why we are committed to getting this right. That is why we are committed to rescuing people from this collapsing law and replace it with a much better system that is a patient-centered health care system, where we as patients and our doctors are the nucleus, the decision makers of our health care system—not some distant bureaucracy. That is why we are going to do this step and step and do this right and replace it with something that is far better for families [and] far better for patients.”