Mar 24, 2017

Paul Ryan: "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future"

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is briefing reporters within an hour of Trump calling off the vote on the GOP repeal and replace plan.

"We came really close today, but we came up short...I told [Trump] that the best thing I think to do is pull the bill."

Ryan's stance on the bill: "I'm really proud of the bill that we produced."

On how it failed: "We did everything we could to get consensus. This is how governing works when you're in the majority."

His take on Trump: Trump was "fantastic" in a losing effort.

On Obamacare: "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future."

On moving on to other legislative business: "We are moving on to…secure the border…get the deficit under control."

On how this affects tax reform: "This does make tax reform more difficult. But it does not make that impossible."

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