The House Speaker said that Obamacare was collapsing and the tax system needed to work for the American people.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told the National Association of Manufacturers on Tuesday that Congress and the Trump administration remain committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare as well as tax reform.
Ryan cited the problems with Obamacare as evidence that President Obama’s signature health care law need to be repealed:
This law is clearly collapsing. Americans nationwide are facing double digit premium increases, and coverage choices are disappearing by the day. In 30% of the counties throughout America, people have one or no plans to choose from. This month, Anthem decided to quit the Obamacare exchange in Ohio, leaving 18 counties with zero coverage options next year. Last month, Blue Cross Blue Shield decided to quit the Missouri exchange, leaving 25 counties with zero coverage options. And also last month, Medica signaled it would quit the Iowa exchange, which will leave 94 of 99 counties in the state of Iowa- that’s 70,000 people- with zero coverage options.
The House Speaker called congressional Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare “a rescue mission” for the American people.
“We have made real progress on getting government out of your way,” Ryan said.
Ryan then moved to the issue of tax reform, one of President Trump’s highest priorities:
The Wisconsin representative slammed the convoluted tax system which “work[s] for the tax collectors rather than working for the hard-working taxpayers.”
“This whole system is too confusing. It is just too darn expensive,” he said.
Ryan then promised to abolish “the death tax and the alternative minimum tax.”
“We will consolidate the seven brackets into three, double the standard deduction and simplify things to the point that you can do your own taxes on a form the size of a postcard instead of the 1040 form,” he said of the GOP’s plan.
“You know why we are going to do that? Because it is going to create jobs,” Ryan concluded.
Congressional Republicans have made a concerted effort in recent weeks to accomplish elements of the GOP agenda before the August recess. In May, the House passed an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill, and the Senate has worked on their own.
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