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Paul Ryan: GOP Budget Assumes Obamacare Repeal

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Paul Ryan on Sunday said that the GOP House budget was tailored to assume that the Affordable Care Act would be repealed.

"Are you saying, as part of your budget, you assume the repeal of Obamacare?," asked Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.

"Yes," said Ryan, adding that, "we're going to propose replacing Obamacare with patient-centered health care, with a better health care system for everybody."

Ryan defended his opposition to the law.

"We don't want to push more people into a failing program," he said. "We believe that Obamacare is a program that will not work. We believe Obamacare will actually lead to hospitals and doctors and health care providers turning people away."

The GOP has attempted to repeal the landmark health care law at least 33 times-- all to no avail. That hasn't stopped conservative lawmakers from trying, though. Michele Bachmann earlier this year introduced a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as assumed 2016 GOP frontrunner Marco Rubio, have vowed to see its repeal as well. Efforts to get rid of the law cost Congress approximately 80 hours of work, according to Salon.

Host Chris Wallace seemed skeptical, however.

"That's not going to happen," he said, of the repeal.

In the same interview, Ryan also said that he has no plans to run for House leadership.

“If I wanted to be in elected leadership like speaker, I would have run for these jobs years ago. I’ve always believed the better place for me is policy leadership — like being a chairman," he said.

Watch the video above, courtesy of ThinkProgress.

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