Ryan said the tax credits are different from the Affordable Care Act’s federal insurance subsides based on income, arguing the credits would give individuals the freedom to purchase the plan they feel is best without the government forcing people to buy insurance.
“No, that’s not an entitlement. Letting people keep more of their own money and doing what they want with it is not an entitlement,” he said. “If you think letting people keep more of their own money and letting them do what they want with it is an entitlement, then you must believe this is Washington’s money.”
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Paul Ryan: Tax Credits In Obamacare Repeal Are Not An Entitlement
Juliegrace Brufke | Capitol Hill Reporter
Note: the ACA individual mandate is front loaded, requiring everyone to have insurance or be liable for a penalty. The Ryan plan is back loaded, not requiring participation but adding a penalty in the from of a higher premium for each period that a person chooses not to remain uninsured.