In an exclusive interview on this week’s OppCast, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) outlined a GOP replacement to Obamacare, explaining that the Republican alternative will largely resemble the comprehensive the Empowering Patients First Act introduced by now-Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, M.D.
As for what kind of political climate such a bill will face, we bring in Lanhee Chen of the Hoover Institution and Stanford University to outline the brass tacks.
Ryan dropped in to discuss one of his most overlooked passion projects: helping poverty fighters on the ground level all across the country. In a conversation that spanned his work with those fighting the heroin epidemic in Ohio, to curbing gang violence in Dallas, Ryan gave a broad look at where opportunity conservatism can take the nation moving forward.
A key proponent of that, of course, is health care.
“We’re basically putting into law the Price plan as our replace plan,” Speaker Ryan explained to Opportunity Lives. “It’s very similar to the bill that Tom Price has worked on for so many years, that many conservatives co-sponsored last year.
Secretary Price, who previously served as the House Committee on the Budget chairman, represented Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District from 2005 to 2017, introduced his patient-centered alternative to Obamacare prior to President Obama’s signature law passing, and he reintroduced it every subsequent Congress. Empowering Patients First even garnered a Senate companion bill from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Even as the media insist Republicans have no plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Speaker Ryan’s announcement that the replacement bill would be built upon Secretary Price’s longstanding bill provide insight into the guiding philosophy of a GOP-driven, patient-centered reform package.
Contrary to breathless media reports insinuating Republicans have lost the political will to repeal and replace Obamacare, Speaker Ryan says that House Republicans remain as committed as ever to undoing the law and reforming the system in a way that works for patients.
“We’re moving to this next right now in Congress. We’re on track. We’re on our schedule. Our plan was always this spring to take on the repeal and replace of Obamacare, so we haven’t changed a thing,” Speaker Ryan reiterated. “I notice there’s a lot of white noise in the press on this, but we’re as committed as ever before.”