Paul Ryan: Repealing and replacing Obamacare is entitlement reform

Posted March 01, 2017

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"But I think the point he's trying to make with the first piece of his budget, much to follow, is our military has been hollowed out", Mr. Ryan said.

Mr. Ryan said he does believe Mr. Trump agrees with that. Trump, for example, campaigned on repealing "Obamacare" but hasn't yet proposed a replacement, now saying "nobody knew that health care could be so complicated".

House Speaker Paul Ryan is promising a new health care system that would replace "Obamacare", reduce costs for consumers and give patients more choices.

But Ryan is also under enormous pressure to notch some major legislative victories for Republicans, meaning he may have to take a more hands-on role in the coming weeks to help whip votes and shepherd some bills to the finish line.

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"Now we have a collapsing marketplace", Ryan continued.

Ryan didn't provide details on the bill, other than to say it will be based off previous ideas from conservatives.

Ryan made the comments at a breakfast event Tuesday with members of the media ahead of Trump's address to a joint session of Congress that night. "They did a scrub of everything - presented it all to us", Ryan said. It comes as Republicans are discovering, a month into Trump's administration, how hard it will be to make good on their many promises now that they control Washington in full.

Ryan said that's what Republicans are working on right now with the administration: "And I feel, at the end of the day, when we get everything done and right, we're going to be unified on this".

"We expect him to deliver a bold, optimistic message to the American people", the Wisconsin lawmaker told reporters at a press conference Tuesday.