Speaker Ryan: President Trump ‘Deeply Involved’ in Health Care Bill, Budget

March 16, 2017

Washington, DC – Kendall Forward, OAN Political Correspondent

In his weekly press conference, Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan addressed concerns about wiretapping, healthcare, his relationship with the president and many more topics making headlines in Washington.

Ryan spoke briefly before moving onto questioning. For the most part he stuck to healthcare and the House Budget Act, rolled out Thursday morning.

He hailed the president’s ability to make deals, saying “The President has a connection with individuals in this country.” He called Trump Reagan-esque and denied any division between him, The President, or any other key White House players, saying “they talk constantly and are absolute partners every step of the way.”

He also added Trump’s unorthodox ways are what gets deals done; “This president is getting deeply involved he is helping bridge gaps in our conference he is a constructive force to help us get to a resolution so we get a consensus on how to repeal and replace ObamaCare.”

Last week, Ryan rolled up his sleeves and devoted the majority of his time to selling the healthcare plan, which many legislators from both parties have called “dead on arrival”.

“We feel like we are making great strides and great progress on getting a bill that can pass, because it incorporates the kinds of feedback from members from all walks of life in our conference. I have not heard from those senators,” said Ryan. “The senators who’ve been critical of the House Bill, none of them have called me. So, I’m not sure what exactly their concerns are.”

However, the speaker will have other concerns to address, as he and the president are already facing opposition from another direction — President Trump’s 2018 budget, which he asked Congress to approve Thursday morning.

The budget seeks to bolster military programs and begin building the wall along Mexico, while drastically cutting many federal agencies.

  • Ryan needs to occupy a backbench. He is .050 hitter and can’t field a ball.The obvious choice to fill his spot is Dr. David Brat, R-Virginia. He is learned with a Ph.D. in economics and a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He still believes in America and has a book on the subject.
    We need a Speaker who is common sense, learned, thoughtful, and understands the limited role of the Speaker. Of course, he has not worked his way up to the top of the leadership; but from I have seen
    the cream has not risen to the top but the whey: Boenhner and Ryan and many others before them in either party. I think of Pelosi as an exampl. a living reminder that The Peter Principle works in Washington too.

  • smallbusinessrocks

    OK Paul, ggo job.

    You get one ticket to padd, and that was it.

    You are the whip, you are supposed to know the vote count way before.

    Do not mess this up again.

    Please take the 31 Freedom a-holes off Republican funding.

    The Freedom Caucus? No support here.

    Mark Meadows North Carolina

    Justin Amash Michigan

    Brian Babin Texas

    Rod Blum Iowa

    Dave Brat Virginia

    Jim Bridenstine Oklahoma

    Mo Brooks Alabama

    Ken Buck Colorado

    Warren Davidson Ohio

    Ron DeSantis Florida

    Scott DesJarlais Tennessee

    Jeff Duncan South Carolina

    Trent Franks Arizona

    Tom Garrett Virginia

    Paul Gosar Arizona

    Morgan Griffith Virginia

    And Harris Maryland

    Jody Hice Georgia

    Jim Jordan Ohio

    Raul Albrdor Idaho

    Alex Mooney West Virginia

    Thomas Massie Kentucky

    Gary Palmer Alabama

    Steve Pearce New Mexico

    Scott Perry Pennsylvania

    Ted Poe Texas

    Bill Posey South Carolina

    Mark Sanford South Carolina

    David Schweikert Aizona

    Randy Weber Texas

    Ted Yoho Florida

  • Margaret Keller

    Can’t they just take out the HH Mandate? Let everyone have health care like Canada does.

    • Recapitate

      Everyone can buy their own medical services, and insurance if they like.
      Those who can’t are eligible for welfare.

  • Clinicaleducator1

    Ryan trying to deflect HIS role in the Bill as he hasn’t done ANYTHING since being elected “Speaker”. Time for NEW leadership in “The Peoples House”!! He is a leftover from Romney!!! DRAIN the swamp!!!

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  • Bill Jr

    Speaker Ryan: President Trump ‘Deeply Involved’ In Bill Clinton’s Health, Apparently Hillary Kicked Him Very Hard In The Balls After He Returned Fron Thailand With An Unspecified Disease. Their House Maid Reported That Bill Had Been Singing Parts Of A Frank Zappa Songs Lyrics ‘Why Does It Hurt When I Pee…My Balls Feel Like A Pair Of Maracas, I Musta Got The Gonococcus!’

  • klediss

    its a ryan plot , do nothing , sink it when it totally fails , it will be ugly for the dems. hands off if not a free market system. why should the conservatives inherit this BS plan . Build the wall , eradicate the filth illegal aliens.

  • daisydoyle

    While I do appreciate that the GOP is trying to cut costs I do not believe the GOP has the best interest of the public at heart with the health care bill they want to put forth. The people did want health care, and they also want constraints on costs. The government does have the job of regulating commerce, and that should also include regulating costs. If we are a tax and spend system, then we need to somehow control costs and still allow for profits. By simply taking insurance and other benefits away from taxpayers, I don’t think we make anything productive happen.

    • Tado

      AHCA or ACA.
      Choose. If you don’t? ACA wins and remains in place.
      So, cut the chase….and tomorrow?

  • Jay

    Hope all youRepublican camp followers got plenty of bucks because the new health care bill is going to cost you big time,oh wait your hero Ryan would not due this to the working people of America you bet your but the will

    • Tado

      You don’t know that.

      • Jay

        Trumpcare is zip

        • Division is the NWO

          My healthcare cost you jey loves che. I pay nothing. Choad

  • Jose Arcadio Buendia

    Speaker Ryan reminds me of Uncle VP Uncle Joe. The guy just reminds of slithering snake oil salesman. I have no evidence but i believe the Obamacare plan with face lift has the Never Trumpers’ fingerprints all over it. Trump wants to play nice and unite the Republicans but these RINOs are not in Trump’s corner.

  • Sonny Shaw

    Ryan and the President should tell the American people what is in the Bill and explain it clearly, simply. Right now all we have is Ryan’s and the Presidents word and no real information other than information supplied by the Leftist media; which Americans don’t trust. Get the information to the people if it’s good and tell them we need you call you Congressman and demand that he support this bill and work with the President on this.

  • Chris C.

    300 Million people made to suffer to cover the original 20 Million of folks who did not have any healthcare or want it. Most of them didn’t have it due to not wanting to pay for it and think is should be free or in their 20’s and don’t care about it. We were all there once or at least I was in my 20’s at one time and did not care, I was young and healthy only caring about clubbing with friends and when I was sick I went to the Dr. and payed out of pocket for it.

    Repeal it only, do not replace with another piece of legislation that will do nothing but make it Obamacare lite. The open market will decide, if you want to regulate something regulate Rx and Dr. cost for the elderly and the poor… Oh you were doing that already with Medicare and Medicaid before we even got in this mess. Ooppsy BIG GOV did it again.

    • Jakes

      Your remarks are absolutely correct…there were 20 million uninsured before the Dems started meddling. Let’s not forget the additional 50 million who lost their health insurance (mostly working families) because of Obamacare. Let’s give the free market a chance…not more government stipulation on what needs to be covered.

  • RURC

    There are 5 steps that the government should do to ‘fix’ the American healthcare system.
    1 Repeal obamacare in its entirety
    2 Allow all Americans to purchase the health insurance policies of THEIR choice from any insurer in the nation
    3 Establish tax-free, transferable, health savings accounts
    4 Streamline the FDA drug approval process
    5 Undertake medical tort reform

    These are the only things any federal government plan needs to cover. Anything else is a violation of our rights and the Constitution.

    • Jose Arcadio Buendia

      you forgot you have to pay for it or earn with years of work, if you bring family from overseas, you have to pay for them NOT other Americans
      i have no problems with paying for indigent Americans down on their luck, but let’s VET them too, investigate doctors who put people on disability for ingrown toe nails or runny noses

    • Jay

      I must have missed that part in the Constitution about health care where might I find it?

      • Rodney

        Look in the Supreme Court ruling on it and you might be able to find your answer…or not…most likely not because it has big words in the opinion..and why be concerned about the Constitution after eight years of daily violations by the Obama administration

        • Jay

          RURC said constitution not Supreme Court if you don’t understand big word get a dictionary and stay on point

          • Recapitate

            Article I, Section 8 (Duh)

          • RURC

            I fail to see how this gives healthcare powers to the government.

            Article I Section 8.

            The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes,
            Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the
            common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties,
            Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United

            To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

            To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the
            several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

            To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform
            Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

            To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign
            Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

            To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the
            Securities and current Coin of the United States;

            To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

            To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by
            securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to
            their respective Writings and Discoveries;

            To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

            To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on
            the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

            To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures
            on Land and Water;

            To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money
            to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

            To provide and maintain a Navy;

            To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the
            land and naval Forces;

            To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the
            Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

            To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the
            Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service
            of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of
            the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the
            discipline prescribed by Congress;

            To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever,
            over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of
            particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the
            Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places
            purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same
            shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other
            needful Buildings; And

            To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for
            carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by
            this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department
            or Officer thereof.

          • Recapitate

            We agree. It is not an enumerated power.
            We agree. Either it is an enumerated power, or it is not.

          • RURC

            Nowhere does this mention healthcare.

            The Constitution is not a “power” document, it is a power limiting document. If it is not directly spelled out then it is not in their power to do so.

            Immigration is directly given to the federal government. So all these state courts are in direct violation of The Constitution and they should be shut down and the judges should be jailed for constitutional violations.

          • Recapitate

            Jeez. Take a deep breath. I’ve been agreeing with you.
            My reference to the enumerated powers was to call attention to the idea that the Federal Government has enumerated powers.

          • RURC

            The Constitution does not give the government power over healthcare.

  • Opinionsgiven

    Lets get this done with and make it a great health care bill. Mean time people suffer and the insurance companies get richer.

  • itsallgood

    Repeal it.

  • Jose Arcadio Buendia

    if trump is as smart as i think he is, he needs to focus on Americans getting health care. he needs to expand medicare and medicaid for Americans who w-o-r-k-e-d for it for at least 30 years and paid taxes for it. Americans can’t continue to cave-in to the i-deserve-health-care-and-i-want others to pay for it crowd of militants. you earn it-you get it trump needs to stop cutting care and benefits for those who worked to make sure that those that didn’t work for at least 30 years to live just as well. ‘decisions have consequences’ you are the result of your decisions; good or bad

    • Tado


  • HillCountryTexas

    Well it is time for the Republican Party to make good on the promise to repeal and replace. This is a credibility issue at this point for all of them in Washington.

    • Rodney

      The Republican Party will never make good on any promises. They will waste a golden opportunity by controlling the Houae, Senate, and the Wgotegouse

      Just more blah, blah, blah in a mirror image from the Democrats

      • Division is the NWO

        Another unintelligent ignorant choad from the libtard left. Libtard hillariously woulda said, “Why does it matter?!”
        And the crowd roars……

        • tedlv

          Unintelligible, too.

      • tedlv

        What on earth is a “Wgotegous”?

    • tedlv

      Simple repeal is fine with me.

  • Red

    That’s why we voted for Trump. It’s refreshing to have a POTUS that keeps his promises.

    • Jay

      President Tweet is a moron ,saying and doing are two different things

      • Red

        Go back to the huffpost board. You will be happier over there.

    • jeff

      Who was it that said the “Buck Stops Here?” Answer, President Truman.

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