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'This is the closest we've been to repealing' Obamacare: Ryan

Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 01:14

House Speaker Paul Ryan pushes for Republican unity on the healthcare bill which he says, won't ''pull the rug out from anybody'' who has insurance coverage today. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday urged fellow Republicans to back the party's healthcare bill, promising additional actions to address conservatives' concerns while allowing "tweaks" to the current measure. "This is the closest we've been to repealing and replacing Obamacare and ... it's the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare," Ryan told a news conference, adding that additional health-related legislation will move separately. The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee approved the bill along party lines Thursday morning after debating the draft legislation for nearly 18 hours. The chamber's Energy and Commerce committee continued its own marathon session, two days after it was unveiled by Republican leaders. Congress is hoping to pass the bill, which would roll back much of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, within a few weeks. The bill would roll back the individual mandate for people to buy insurance, reverse most Obamacare taxes, introduce a new, smaller system of tax credits based on age rather than income, and overhaul Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor.

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'This is the closest we've been to repealing' Obamacare: Ryan

Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 01:14