Obamacare’s glitches are here to stay, according to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.
In an exclusive interview with CNBC’s Larry Kudlow, set to air Tuesday night on “The Kudlow Report,” Ryan said the problems with the Affordable Care Act extend far beyond website malfunctions.
“It’s more than the website,” Ryan said. “It’s because this law itself is built from an architecture, a foundation, that’s just not workable.”
Ryan said he sat through several House Committee Oversight meetings in which the administration failed to answer fundamental questions on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
“The point is they said ‘everything is fine, the law is going to be OK. We are ready to roll it out. We won’t have any problems.’”
But House Republicans knew better, Ryan said.
“People should know that we tried to prevent this from happening in the first place by fighting a law we did not intend,” Ryan said, referring to the Republican-led House’s 46 attempts to repeal the law.
“Then we tried giving people relief from the law by delaying it until 2013. That was rejected and now we are living with this law.”
Frustrated with the Senate’s rejection of attempts to defund and delay the law, Ryan shifted to the GOP’s most plausible tactic to end the Affordable Care Act: winning elections.
“We owe the American people an alternative,” Ryan said. “We want to win elections by saying this is not working for you and there are better ways in keeping with the country’s principles that puts you in charge of your heath care future.”
Ryan dismissed criticism that the Republican Party is at a “civil war” after failed attempts to delay Obamacare as part of the government shutdown and debt ceiling negotiations.