House Progress on Regulatory and Health Care Reform: Remarks from Weekly Press Briefing

 

Summary: This morning, Speaker Ryan held his weekly press briefing to discuss the House’s progress this week on two fronts: regulatory reform and health care reform.

Key Quote: “This law is collapsing—we have to rescue people from the failure of this law. And that is why, step by step, we are going to keep our promise to repeal and replace this law. So that consumers can do better, and so they can have more choices.”

Transcript:


REGULATORY REFORM

“We continue to make progress on our agenda for the American people. By the end of this week, the House will have taken action to block five costly Obama administration regulations, including a rule that threatens to wipe out thousands of jobs in coal country. With a vote in the Senate and a signature by the president, we will be able to bring immediate relief to those workers.

“And this is just the start. In the weeks ahead, we will act on more resolutions to deliver relief from excessive regulations. When you think about the fact that the Obama administration was issuing major regulations at a rate of one every three days, this is real sea change. This is job creation.”


HEALTH CARE

“We also continue to act on a step-by-step approach to repeal and replace Obamacare. Yesterday, the Energy and Commerce Committee held a legislative hearing on three bills to improve Medicaid. Today, the committee is holding a legislative hearing on another four bills to provide relief from collapsing markets.

“In 2009, President Obama said, and I quote, ‘my guiding principle is… that consumers do better when there is choice and competition.’ I couldn’t agree more. That is the way Obamacare was sold, but choice and competition have dropped so much in our health insurance markets that one-third of all the counties in America today have only one insurer to choose from. Five states—one insurer to choice from. That is not a choice. That is a monopoly.


“On top of that, another 37 percent of all counties in America only have two insurers to choose from. That is 70 percent of all the counties in America have a monopoly or a duopoly.

“President Obama was right: consumers do better when they have choice and competition. Right now, they have neither. Instead, they are paying a whole lot more for less every single day under this law.

“That is why we have to step in. This law is collapsing—we have to rescue people from the failure of this law. And that is why, step by step, we are going to keep our promise to repeal and replace this law. So that consumers can do better, and so they can have more choices.”