Paul Ryan: Budget Deal Means GOP Can Focus On Repealing Obamacare (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told NBC Sunday that the bipartisan budget deal will give lawmakers the time to double-down on repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The House Budget chairman appeared on “Meet the Press” Sunday along with Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., to defend the bill.

"You don't get everything you want in divided government,” Ryan told host David Gregory.

While Murray said that the more Obamacare is implemented, the more people will favor the law, Ryan said the GOP needs to repeal it. He said insurance companies could have stopped discriminating against preexisting conditions “without a costly government takeover.”

“On our side of the aisle, we like the fact for the economy, no shutdowns,” said Ryan. “We also don’t want to have shutdown drama so we can focus on replacing Obamacare, so we can focus on showing better ideas and what this is coming in. Cause we don’t think people like this law and we don’t think it’s gonna get any more popular."

"We don’t agree on this," he said, regarding Murray. "So each of us gets something out of this that we think is good."

The GOP didn't agree to extending long term unemployment benefits as President Barack Obama proposed, but they did capitulate on a number of tax increases. Tea Partiers were vehemently opposed to the deal.

According to ThinkProgress, polls have consistently shown that voters don’t want Obamacare to be repealed, although the GOP-led House has voted to repeal it more than 40 times.

Sources: ThinkProgress, Huffington Post