Paul Ryan On Obamacare: We Have To Do Repeal And Replace, Don't Have The Votes For Just Repeal


Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks about the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare in an interview Wednesday morning with Maria Bartiromo on the FOX Business Network.

REP. PAUL RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: We're going through the process here. We feel very good where we are. We're making the kinds of improvements and refinements that we think make this bill better. Now that we have our score from the CBO that's something we were waiting for. Now that we've got it we've got room to make refinements.

Obviously, the major components are staying intact because this is something we wrote with President Trump. This is something we wrote with the Senate Committees. So just so you know Maria, this is the plan we ran on all of last year. This is the plan that we've been working with House, Senate, White House together on. And now as we get closer to finish, going through the committee process, you inevitably make those refinements and improvements as you go through that process. That's exactly where we are right now.

First of all, we don't have the votes for just a full repeal because so many of our members and the president included said repeal and replace. And if we just did a repeal with reconciliation meaning 51 votes and not replace, then we wouldn't be able to get a replacement passed because they can filibuster a replaceā€¦ If we could put everything we wanted into this one bill and have it vote on with 51 votes in the Senate, we would do that. But because of the Senate rules and how narrow they are to do what we call reconciliation, you can't put everything you want in that bill. Like, say, interstate shopping across state lines. And so this bill is what we can pass through reconciliation. Which affectively repeals and replaces the law. It's a very good start. It's actually an excellent start.

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