Trump and Ryan announced on Thursday a plan to overhaul the health care system and slash taxes for the wealthy.
Trump said he’d work with Democrats to pass the legislation, but he didn’t name any names or describe what the plan would look like.
Trump has been hammering Democrats for weeks about the rising costs of medical care and the high premiums that have led to a sharp rise in the number of uninsured Americans.
The legislation will focus on two key elements: repealing the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and reducing deductibles for health insurance.
Trump is proposing to make the mandate and deductibles a top legislative priority, and to replace the Affordable Act’s tax subsidies with tax credits.
Trump also said he wants to eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes and to tax businesses with a higher rate.
Trump, who has repeatedly criticized Democrats for their policies on health care, said the proposal will lower costs for middle-class families.
Trump and Ryan will also announce an overhaul of Medicare.
The president has repeatedly suggested that he wants the country to rely on the Medicare program, but Ryan said that he wanted to create a new, “premium-based” system for beneficiaries who pay less than their health care costs.
“We’re going to end the practice of Medicare paying so much more for the same care than it does for private insurance, which is the cost of the same service,” Ryan said.
Ryan also said that the new premium-based system would be “better than the current system,” adding that “you can’t just continue to pay $3,000 for a year’s worth of care.”
Ryan said that “our plan is going to be better than what we had before,” and added that he and Trump “have a lot of faith in each other” and the American people.
In a speech in West Virginia on Wednesday, Trump called Ryan “one of my most loyal and reliable friends,” saying the Republican vice president “gets it.”
He also praised Ryan’s support of Trump’s travel ban and said he “gets that we’ve got a big problem.”
“Ryan’s going to get rid of the travel ban, he’s going a lot tougher on crime, he has to do that, he can’t keep doing this.
And I will say this, and I know he’ll say it, we’re going forward with Ryan, we’ve had Ryan for a long time, we have a great relationship.
We’re not going back,” Trump said.
Ryan said on Wednesday that he has never met Trump, and added, “I’m not here to judge anybody.
I’m here to serve the American People.
So that’s why I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that this President and the Vice President are able to do what they’ve got to do.”
Ryan also said Thursday that Trump has “shown his respect and trust in the American way of life, and that’s what we’re focused on right now.”
A spokeswoman for Ryan said the president was in West Virginians’ homes because of a flu epidemic, and they would not discuss his attendance.