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Paul Ryan: Government Shutdown Over Obamacare Not The Right Strategy

BOB SCHIEFFER: Let me ask you this we're going to have this battle come fall about whether to shut down the government if we can't get this fiscal situation worked out, but now some members of your party are talking about threatening to shut downtown government unless the administration agrees not to fund Obamacare, the president's health care plan. Do you think that's a good idea?

REP. PAUL RYAN (R-WIS.): Well, look, we all, Republicans, want to repeal and replace Obamacare. So it's not a matter of whether or not we want to get rid of Obamacare, we do. We're having a debate about the best course of achieving that goal, the best strategy. And with the government shutdown, so to speak, we're talking about discretionary spending, just government agency budgets, but it doesn't affect entitlements. Obamacare is an entitlement like Medicare and Social Security is, and so the entitlement carries on even under a government shutdown scenario. So it's just not that simple and easy. You know, rather than sort of swinging for the fences and trying to take this entire law out with discretionary spending, I think there are more effective ways of achieving that goal. We think that we can do better by delaying this law. We've already had votes to delay other parts of it. Democrats have supported us in that. And so I think there's going to be a better strategy to actually achieve our goal of ultimately delaying it, ultimately replacing Obamacare.

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