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Paul Ryan calls 7 million signups a 'Pyrrhic victory' for Obamacare

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House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Tuesday said President Obama's touting of more than 7 million signups through his health care law represented a “Pyrrhic victory.”

Ryan's comments came after I asked -- on a conference call held to discuss his 2015 budget -- whether he thought the achievement being touted by the administration put more pressure on Republicans to get behind a detailed alternative. His budget would repeal Obamacare, but doesn't embrace a specific replacement.

“I think Obamacare is a slow-rolling fiasco,” he said. “I think it’s a Pyrrhic victory. We have lots of ideas of how to offer patient-centered health care. Tom Price has his own bill, the Republican Study Committee has a bill, Orrin Hatch put out a bill, others are forthcoming. So you’ll see a lot of different comprehensive Republican alternative plans. You’ll also see, I believe, as the year goes on, various reforms that we’ll be bringing to the floor on what we think are the components of a replacement for health care.”

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., who serves as vice-chairman of the committee, also chimed in.

“The 7 million number is an internal number for the administration," he said. "That was their internal definition of what they thought they needed. But clearly we still don’t have information on how many of those individuals have paid their premiums, how many are actually signed up. how many of those 7 million had insurance before and then were shoved onto the exchange. So, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. But the real important message that we wanted to deliver is there are better solutions in the area of health care. There are patient-centered solutions that put patients and families and doctors in charge of health care, not Washington, D.C.”

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Philip Klein

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