Contrary to Trump, Ryan Doesn't Want to Work With Dems on Healthcare

Posted: Mar 30, 2017 8:30 AM

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he doesn’t want Republicans to work with Democrats on healthcare legislation, believing it would involve the government too much if that were to happen.

“I don’t want that to happen,” he told CBS’s Norah O’Donnell Thursday morning.

“I want a patient-centered system," he added. "I don’t want government running healthcare. The government shouldn’t tell you what you must do with your life, with your healthcare. We should give people choices.”

Ryan said Republican infighting may force Trump to work with Democrats on it, however.

"[If] the Republican Congress allows the perfect to be the enemy of the good, I worry we'll push the president into working with Democrats, he's been suggesting that as much," he said.

Earlier this week President Trump said that as Obamacare got worse, Democrats would work with him on making a deal.

White House Press Secretary also said the president is willing to work with Democrats on the issue.

“Starting Friday afternoon through late yesterday, [Trump] has received a number of calls, as well as other members of the senior staff that have been working on healthcare, from members of both sides saying that they would like to work together, offer up ideas and have suggestions about how to come to a resolution on this and get a House vote on this,” he told reporters Monday.

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