Paul Ryan Talks Zika Funding with Kevin Binversie
WASHINGTON, DC — Yesterday Wisconsin’s First District congressman and speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, spoke with RightWisconsin’s Kevin Binversie.
Excerpts of Ryan’s answers follow:
Passing legislation to provide funds to combat the Zika virus:
“House Republicans passed our bill back in the beginning of July [at the] funding the level that had been agreed to . . . and also removing the regulatory barriers to spraying against mosquitoes. We have passed extremely responsible legislation . . . and for political reasons, Harry Reid has been blocking it in the Senate. For the life of me, I don’t understand why they decided to do that. They just need to pass the legislation, because we passed exactly what they said was needed—they being the experts—in order to address and confront the virus.”
“We recently saw a report that the money that had already been appropriated, about $600 billion dollars . . . only one sixth of that money has been spent. . . . So there [are] still available funds in the pipeline for Zika. And the Democrats, I think for purely political reasons, have been trying to block it. . . . They don’t like that fact that we have . . . spending offsets and that for the life of me, I don’t understand that objection. We found money that was not being spent in accounts elsewhere in the federal government. . . . We decided to take that money to spend on better purposes, like Zika, and we think that’s just the responsible thing to do.
Discussing health care reform in the House Republican Agenda, A Better Way:
“One of the reforms we have is break[ing] down these barriers . . . which end up basically reducing competition and raising prices. We have several reforms that we propose in our full replacement of Obamacare, [which] is part of our Better Way agenda, [which] is interstate shopping. When you are selling insurance across state lines you can sell it at a much cheaper price, the prices come down because when a person becomes uninsurable, subsidies kick in from the risk pools, so that we stabilize prices for the other 95 percent of Americans and make it much more affordable.”
“So you combine that by taking up the extremely high cost incidents, a person who gets really sick. . . . Right there . . . those two reforms, and there are many others, which [make] more competitive and lower priced health insurance. What the Democrats did is they basically [took] over the entire healthcare insurance system. They mandated exactly what you must buy, they make you buy all sorts of benefits that you probably don’t want to buy, and make it much more expensive. . . . So that has created this dynamic where health insurance in America is almost prohibitively expensive . . . unless you are getting massive subsidies, which by the way are breaking the bank and giving us part of the debt crisis.”
“This system has got to go and we have a better way to replace it. That’s what our Better Way agenda is all about.”