Speaker Ryan: 'There's a Role for the Gov't in Healthcare, No Doubt'

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) during a CNN town hall Thursday night discussed the ongoing efforts in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

Speaker Ryan said he believes the U.S. can have a system “where everybody can have access to affordable health care, including people with preexisting conditions, no matter how much money they make,” adding that President Obama's signature health care law has “failed on that front.”

“I believe we can and should have a system in this country where everybody can have access to affordable healthcare, including people with preexisting conditions, no matter how much money they make,” said Ryan. “That’s not what this law is doing. This law is failing on that front. And I think there’s a much, much better system that can be put in its place."

“Obamacare came in with all this fanfare and all this promise,” he went on. “Remember, if you like your plan, you can keep it? That was proven the lie of the year.”

When asked whether he believes the government should provide all of its citizens with healthcare, Ryan replied, “I certainly think there’s a role for the government in healthcare, no doubt about it.”

He noted that he doesn’t think the government should have to pay for everyone’s healthcare, as “we all have to contribute and be a part of it.”

In response to concerns from those with upcoming appointments and ongoing treatments, Ryan told the audience that Congress plans to repeal and replace Obamacare simultaneously. 

"We want to do this at the same time," he said, "and in some cases, the same bill." 

More than six years after the passage of ACA, a large number of low-income Americans still lack coverage - despite being one of President Obama's target populations. 

A recent Gallup poll shows that a full 20.8 percent of Americans who earn less than $36,000 per year are uninsured, "despite state Medicaid expansions, Obamacare’s health insurance mandate and massive federal subsidies offered on government-run exchanges," reported MRCTV

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