Ryan: Obamacare 'Is Failing While We Speak'

By Susan Jones | January 4, 2017 | 11:47am EST
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is promising a " stable transition to a truly patient-centered" health care system. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says Congressional Republicans are working with President-elect Trump "to get right down to business," and that includes relief for Americans struggling under Obamacare.

"The law is failing while we speak,” Ryan told a news conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday. “We need to reverse the damage that has been done. Then once we've repealed this law, we need to make sure that there is a stable transition to a truly patient-centered system.

"We want every American to have access to quality, affordable health coverage -- all of the things that Obamacare has kept from the American people -- more choices, more control, more freedom. We want to put them back in their hands."

Ryan said people are paying higher premiums, yet they feel like they have no insurance because the deductibles are so high.

"And in some many parts of the country, even if you want to look for better coverage, you're stuck with one option. One choice is not a choice, it's a monopoly. The health care system has been ruined, dismantled under Obamcare.”

Ryan said the answer is not to ignore the problem in order to "keep some failed legacy."  "The answer here is bold action," he said, "and we will keep our promise to the people."

Ryan said the effort to repeal Obamacare will begin "even before day one” of the Trump presidency.

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