Just ahead of today’s barely successful vote in the House of Representatives on Republicans’ Obamacare replacement plan, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan delivered an impassioned speech on the floor. His address to the chamber was meant to be a way to justify the vote — which has been criticized across the political spectrum as being rushed due to lack of scoring and transparency — and motivate his caucus.
Stating that they cannot “continue with the status quo under Obamacare,” the Republican leader then highlighted that Iowa was one state that is being adversely impacted by insurance companies pulling out of the exchanges.
“That is not a choice,” Ryan exclaimed. “This is a crisis.”
The speaker continued to up the volume in his voice, urging the House Republicans to push through the bill.
“So let us pass this bill, to take the next step to put Obamacare behind us,” he stated. “Let us pass this bill, to build a better health care system for American families. Let us pass this bill, to leave this country better than we found it because that is why we are here.”
Prior to today’s vote, the American health Care Act was pulled from being voted on by twice GOP leadership, with President Donald Trump indicating after the last time it was postponed that he was ready to move on to other things.
Watch Ryan’s speech above, via MSNBC.
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