Ryan also contested that healthcare reform should be left to individual states. He defended presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, saying while the former governor of Massachusetts pushed for a similar universal healthcare mandate while in office, Romney holds states' rights as a priority.
"This is a state’s-rights issue," Ryan said. "Mitt Romney has been very clear that the federal government does not have the power — through the Commerce Clause — to mandate such behavior. The Supreme Court upheld that notion, so what they did is they put a fence around what the government can do to make you do something."