Republicans are doing anything they can to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, even if it means 22 million Americans will lose health coverage. But, according to Paul Ryan, 22 million people won’t lose insurance, instead they will choose not to buy insurance.
“What they are basically saying at the Congressional Budget Office, if you’re not going to force people to buy Obamacare, if you’re not going to force people to buy something they don’t want, then they won’t buy it,” Ryan said during an interview with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade. “So, it’s not that people are getting pushed off a plan, it’s that people will choose not to buy something that they don’t like or want.”
“And that’s the difference here,” he added. “By repealing the individual and employer mandate, which mandates people buy this health insurance that they can’t afford, that they don’t like — if you don’t mandate that they’re going to do this then that many people won’t do it.”
Ryan did fail to mention that poorer Americans would suffer the most from the GOP’s healthcare bill. Insurance companies would be allowed to reduce coverage and to force patients to pay more out of pocket, meaning plans would provide less value to the consumer.