Ryan Won't Say Whether Plan To Replace Obamacare Will Cover Free Birth Control (VIDEO)

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) refused to answer whether his plan to replace Obamacare would still provide free birth control to women with insurance.

"Look I'm not going to get into all the nitty-gritty detail of these things," Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper in a Sunday interview on “State of the Union.”

"With all due respect, 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," Tapper replied.

Ryan continued to dodge the question, saying he could not provide “details about legislation that hasn’t been written yet."

The speaker has fought the law tooth-and-nail since its passage in 2010, and repeatedly voted to repeal it. He opposes abortion with exceptions in cases of rape, incest or the life of the mother, and helped lead the fight to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

"Right but is that important to you?” Tapper asked about blocking or providing birth control to women. “Would that be a principle of whatever replaces it?"

"I’m not going to get into hypotheticals about legislation that hasn’t even been drafted yet," Ryan replied.

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