When asked if women are going to lose access to birth control benefits when Republicans repeal Obamacare on Sunday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) declined to give an answer.
During an interview with the Wisconsin Republican, he insisted that the repeal of President Obama’s health care reform will lower the costs for health care by giving “vouchers” to poor Americans.
CNN host Jake Tapper pointed out that many women get free birth control thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
“Is that going to end?” he wondered.
“Look, I’m not going to get into all the little nitty-gritty details of these things,” Ryan replied bluntly.
“With all due respect,” Tapper countered, “I don’t know that the average woman of childbearing years out there who relies upon contraception provided by health insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act, I don’t know that she would think that that’s just a nitty-gritty detail.”
“You’re asking me details about legislation that hasn’t been written yet!” Ryan said.
“Right, but would that be a principle of whatever replaces [Obamacare]?” Tapper wondered.
“I’m not going to get into hypotheticals about legislation that hasn’t even been drafted,” Ryan stated.
Ryan, a Catholic, has claimed that the Affordable Care Act’s birth control directive is a “threat” to impoverished Americans and co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which would give the same rights as human beings to fetuses.