Ryan agrees ObamaCare won't be repealed if Clinton wins

Ryan agrees ObamaCare won't be repealed if Clinton wins
© Greg Nash

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDemocratic super PAC quotes Reagan in anti-Trump ad set to air on Fox News: 'Are you better off?' Trump lashes out at Reagan Foundation after fundraising request The Memo: Trump's grip on GOP loosens as polls sink MORE (R-Wis.) on Monday agreed with a radio host who said ObamaCare would not be repealed, likely ever, if Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Top federal official says more details coming on foreign election interference The Hill's Campaign Report: COVID-19 puts conventions in flux  MORE wins the presidency on Tuesday.

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“Another hard truth: ObamaCare doesn’t get repealed, likely ever, if Hillary wins,” said Milwaukee radio host Jay Weber in an interview with Ryan. “Doesn’t get repealed. Agree?”

“Yes, yeah, I do agree. I do agree,” Ryan responded. “Hillary’s talking about a public option, which is basically double down on government-run healthcare. That’s the opposite of what we’re offering. We actually have a plan to replace ObamaCare. All of us have basically gotten a consensus on what our plan is, but we have to win an election to put it in place.”

GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE and congressional Republicans have been vowing to repeal ObamaCare. But Clinton would be able to veto any repeal if she wins.

Still, it is a striking admission from Ryan that ObamaCare could not be repealed, possibly ever, if Clinton wins.

"Under a Hillary Clinton presidency Obamacare will not be repealed," Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong wrote in an email, adding: "He was underscoring the stakes of this election."

Democrats have been hoping that Republicans will join them next year in making bipartisan fixes to the law to deal with rising premiums and insurers that often struggle to make money on the marketplaces and drop out.

After President Obama was reelected in 2012, former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBottom line Cheney battle raises questions about House GOP's future Lott says lobbying firm cut ties to prevent him from taking clients MORE (R-Ohio) said that ObamaCare was the “law of the land” but quickly walked back that statement.

--This report was updated at 1:59 p.m.