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Paul Ryan: This Was My Number One Priority

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June 28, 2016 | Ian Martorana (202-225-3031) | comments

WASHINGTON, DC Wisconsin’s First District congressman and speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, recently spoke with WBEL’s Mike Daly and WGTD’s Greg Berg about A Better Way.

Excerpts of Ryan’s answers follow:

Detailing the House Republican Agenda, A Better Way:

“The key thing I wanted to do is make sure we become a proposition party, not just an opposition party . . . that we actually put an agenda out for the country to see, and I’m very pleased to say that that is exactly what we spent the year doing, culminating in June as our rollout month of our Better Way agenda. And because of the job I have, I was able to get this done, and I’m grateful for that opportunity.”

“This was my No. 1 priority upon becoming speaker. I wanted to make sure that we in the majority . . . don’t just oppose, but we propose. So I set forth with my colleagues all year long to work on finding solutions to the big problems facing Americans today.”

“It has six main components. Number one: We need to do a better job of getting people out of poverty. There are people stuck in a system of poverty, and our programs to address it are not working. Number two [is] foreign policy, security, terrorism. . . . We have a 67-point plan on how to keep us safe, how to combat terrorism, how to address homegrown jihad, like we saw in Orlando, how to protect our border, and how to fix our military. Number three: Regulations are just crushing our small businesses. They’re keeping our economy down, and they’re hurting wages. So we wanted a regulatory reform platform. Number four: How do we restore self-government? There’s this new branch of government . . . which is effectively unelected bureaucrats, writing our laws, the rules, and regulations. The laws we live under are supposed to be written by our elected representative that we duly elect in Congress. Well, that’s not the case anymore. Number five: everybody knows we’re against Obamacare. We need to show what we would replace it with. What’s a better system that could actually lower health care costs, lower health care premiums, give people more choices, and make sure that we still have good protection for people with pre-existing conditions? We did that. And then . . . we rolled out a plan to overhaul our tax code. Lower tax rates for families and small businesses. Make the tax code simpler. . . . The tax form that Americans will fill out is a postcard-sized plan. . . . Dramatically lower our taxes on business, so they can provide more jobs.”

Discussing the House Republican replacement for Obamacare:

“Competition and choice drives down cost. If you have a choice of where you take your business for whatever it is you want, people who produce what you want have to compete against other people to get your business. That is the classic principle of a market economy. What Obamacare did was it pushed those principles outside of the health care arena, and as a result we have much more expensive healthcare.”

“So my point in saying this is, we can have a system where we lower the cost of insurance, lower the cost of health care, give them the resources they need to buy health care, and have the important, necessary protections you need so that people with pre-existing conditions can also get affordable care. You can do that without a government takeover, which is basically what Obamacare is.”


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