Speaker Ryan: ‘I’m really excited’ about GOP’s ObamaCare replacement

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., defended congressional Republicans’ health care bill from conservative criticism Wednesday night, telling Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that “all House Republicans participated” in drafting the legislation.

“We spent a year working on this plan,” Ryan told host Tucker Carlson. “We all ran for Congress in 2016 on that plan … This is the legislative text of that plan that we ran in 2016 on what we would replace ObamaCare with.”

Ryan added that the plan was modeled after legislation proposed by then-Rep. Tom Price, now secretary of Health and Human Services.

House Republican leaders Wednesday began driving the bill through two key committees — Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce — but neither panel seemed close to approving the bill as the clock ticked toward midnight in Washington.

 

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