Ryan says health care goal is 'universal access'

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Paul Ryan is sidestepping an opportunity to embrace President Donald Trump's goal of "insurance for everybody."

Republicans are trying to replace President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. In an interview Friday with Politico, the Wisconsin Republican was asked if the GOP aim is to cover everyone, as Trump told The Washington Post this month.

Ryan says the objective is "universal access."

Congressional Republicans have been using that phrase to describe their goal. It suggests a more modest number of people would be covered than Trump's more expansive term.

Ryan says Republicans want to give people "the ability and the resources to buy affordable health care coverage." He says if they don't, "We're not going to have the government make you do something."

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