Read time: 1 minute

Paul Ryan Says 22 Million People Will 'Choose' Not To Have Health Insurance Under GOP Plan

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) this week disputed reports that 22 million people would lose insurance under the Republican health care plan.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) this week disputed reports that 22 million people would lose insurance under the Republican health care plan.

During an interview that aired on Tuesday, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade asked Ryan to respond to a recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that said there would be 22 million more people without health insurance by 2026 if the Senate's version of the health care bill is signed into law.

"What they are basically saying at the Congressional Budget Office, if you're not going to force people to buy Obamacare, if you're not going to force people to buy something they don't want, then they won't buy it," the Speaker opined. "So, it's not that people are getting pushed off a plan, it's that people will choose not to buy something that they don't like or want."

"And that's the difference here," he added. "By repealing the individual and employer mandate, which mandates people buy this health insurance that they can't afford, that they don't like -- if you don't mandate that they're going to do this then that many people won't do it."

Ryan, however, failed to mention that subsidies for poorer Americans would be significantly decreased, making insurance plans less affordable. Insurance companies would be allowed to reduce coverage and to force patients to pay more out of pocket, meaning plans would provide less value to the consumer.

Can you help us out?

For 16 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit. We work 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for our labor of love, but with rising hosting and associated costs, we need your help! Could you donate $20 for 2020? Please consider a one time or recurring donation of whatever amount you can spare. It will be greatly appreciated and help us continue our mission of exposing the real FAKE NEWS!

More C&L Coverage

Comments

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.