Paul Ryan: We're making 'refinements' and 'improvements' to the health care bill

Posted March 15, 2017

"If you don't want to get health care, we're not going to make you do it".

Trump may yet do so.

Ryan did not campaign for Trump following the incident, instead appearing alongside his Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence at a number of events.

You've probably heard the expression, "Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan".

Ryan added: "I'm not going to be campaigning with [Trump]".

Mr Ryan, 47, was among dozens of Republicans in office who refused to endorse Trump in the lead up to his election battle against Hillary Clinton. Other news outlets confirmed Ryan made the statements. In recent days, the pro-Trump site has ran one negative story after another about the House GOP's health care bill, despite the president's endorsement of the legislation. The White House says he is in sell mode. Fox News, too, has cast blame on House leadership.

"I am not going to defend Donald Trump - not now, not in the future", Ryan can be heard saying in the audio.

Ryan stressed that his fellow Republicans focus on down ballot races to preserve the GOP majority.

"Obviously, the major components [of the existing legislation] are staying intact, because this is something we wrote with President Trump". While deductibles are high for the Affordable Care Act's private insurance plans (averaging $3,000 past year for a standard silver plan), the law requires preventive care to be covered at no charge. Particularly given the shape of the 2018 electoral map, Trump and the GOP may rationally conclude that the more polarized the political environment, the better for them - and the AHCA will certainly be polarizing if it passes.

"Trumpcare would be a nightmare for the American people", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said at a news conference at the Capitol with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.

"That is what we do, that's where I'm really kind of confused about this lost in translation".

"This is a huge test for our democracy, because the Republican repeal can't survive once the people understand it's true implications", said Robert Kraig, executive director for Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

Oliver then turned to CNN, which reported the top 1 percent of American income earners would receive a $33,000 tax break from the bill, while the top 0.1 percent would receive an average tax cut of $197,000. Trump's put his name to a lot of bad products in his time, but he's tried his best to protect himself from personal liability when their shoddiness gets exposed.

And also the part of the bill that gets Ryan "rock hard", according to Oliver. In January, Ryan said that congressional Republicans were "on the same page as the White House". It would behoove the Trump administration to distance itself from Ryan's turkey of an Obamacare replacement. In one interview, Ryan said the report "exceeded" his expectations.

Trump's backup plan may sound Machiavellian, but that doesn't mean it would be effective.

Sykes noted that Ryan's health care plan is taking fire from from Democrats and Republicans.