House Speaker Paul Ryan To Introduce Obamacare Replacement Plan In 2016

| by Kathryn Schroeder
House Speaker Paul Ryan.House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Republicans will introduce a plan to completely replace the Affordable Care Act in 2016, according to Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Ryan said the new plan will be part of a “pro-growth” agenda that he believes should also include cutting welfare programs and taxes, Reuters reports.

"Put together a positive agenda and take it to the American people," Ryan pressed of Republicans.

The replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise referred to as Obamacare, is what needs urgent action, according to Ryan.

“There are many things to do, but most urgent is to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Ryan said during a speech on Dec. 3 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., The Hill reports. “We think this problem is so urgent that, next year, we are going to unveil a plan to replace every word of Obamacare.”

Ryan added that even if President Barack Obama will not sign the new plan into law, the Republican majority in Congress must produce proposals to demonstrate “what our ideal policy would be looking forward to 2017 and beyond.”

“What it all comes down to is whether we conservatives have confidence in ourselves. Do we really believe our philosophy is true? Do we have the best ideas? If so, then I don’t see any reason why we should hold back,” Ryan said.

Ryan wants the goal for the GOP in 2016 to be to offer a “complete alternative to the left’s agenda.”

Ryan hinted that the new health care plan would include tax credits to help people afford insurance, while repealing the individual and employer mandates that currently exist in the Affordable Care Act.

The 2016 Republican presidential candidates have all said they would repeal the current health care laws if elected, but none have outlined a replacement plan.

Sources: Reuters, The Hill / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr