George Stephanopoulos asked Speaker of the House Paul Ryan whether he was afraid of a ‘midterm wave’ over the GOP’s healthcare overhaul efforts.
The ABC host likened the midterm wave that might be coming to the one that did happen in 2010 after Democrats voted for the Affordable Care Act.
Stephanopoulos wanted to know if the Speaker was afraid of something like that happening this time around. Ryan said it would actually ‘spell disaster for ourselves’ if they didn’t vote for the Obamacare repeal bill.
I’m not [worried]. Number one, health care is a complicated and very emotional personal issue. And we completely understand that. The system is failing. We’re stepping in front of it and rescuing people from a collapsing system. And more importantly, we’re keeping our word. That’s really important here, George. People expect their elected leaders, if they run and campaign on doing something, they expect them to do that. And that’s what we’re doing. We’re keeping our word. And I would argue that we would spell disaster for ourselves, politically, if that’s your question, if we go back on our word. This is us keeping our word. But most importantly, it’s us trying to fix a real problem that real people are experiencing in this country.
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