House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke with CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” where he was asked a very simple question: how many people will lose healthcare coverage under the GOP’s new plan?
“I can’t answer that question,” Ryan said. “It’s up to people.”
Ryan tried twisting the question around to make the new plan seem like something the people want.
“Here’s the premise of your question: Are you going to stop mandating people buy health insurance? People are going to do what they want to do with their lives because we believe in individual freedom in this country.”
The truth of the matter is that millions will be left without health care because they wont be able to afford it.
According to The Hill:
“The GOP proposal would create a tax credit system to incentivize individuals to purchase health insurance. It would dismantle ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion program, while eliminating the individual mandate that required people to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. Instead, should the new plan pass in its current iteration, insurance providers could charge a 30 percent penalty for gaps in coverage.”
But even after all the criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike, Ryan still believes that there will be “a smooth transition” during the repeal and replace process.
“… The point we’re trying to make here is there will be a smooth transition, a stable transition so that people who are covered today don’t have the rug pulled out from under them,” he said.
Take a look at the whole interview below: