Did Paul Ryan intentionally sabotage his own health care plan? Tom Price Secretary of Health and Human Services to the Rescue

Paul Ryan tries to position himself as a conservative.

 

He’s anything but.

He’s clearly a RINO and must not be taken seriously.

He reminds me of a guy who is sitting around waiting for a disaster to befall President Trump and Vice President Pence.

 

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan finally introduced his proposed replacement for ObamaCare late Monday. It did not go well.(Source)

Democrats were predictably appalled that the GOP proposal, called the American Health Care Act, would essentially take away health care from millions of people, many of them poor, in order to pay for upper-class tax cuts.

Moderate Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) summed up the feelings of the Democratic caucus when he declared that the bill’s savage cuts to Medicaid were a “disgrace to our nation” and that “I will fight it with everything I have.”

But there was never a chance that Democrats would support any major Republican changes to the Affordable Care Act.

So what’s really interesting is the amount of opposition that the bill has instantly generated among conservatives.

 

If Democrats see taking away poor people’s health care to pay for things like tax breaks for health insurance CEOs as cruel, the American right sees it as not cruel enough. (Source)

 

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) asserted that the bill was “dead on arrival.”

The far-right Freedom Caucus in the House was no more enthusiastic. (Source)

Conservative health policy wonks attacked the bill.

 

 

 

The plan put forward by Tom Price, Secretary of health and human services seems to be the one gaining the most traction.

 

President Trump’s health secretary on Tuesday applauded a House GOP plan to begin repealing and replacing Obamacare’s federal mandates with a set of tax credits and market incentives to get people covered, saying it aligns with the administration’s goal of “rescuing” people from the struggling law.

“These proposals offer patient-centered solutions that will provide all Americans with access to affordable, quality health care, promote innovation, and offer peace of mind for those with preexisting conditions,” Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said in a letter to GOP committee chairmen shepherding the effort.

 

Mr. Price specifically applauded the plan’s use of age-based, refundable tax credits to help people get insured, the expansion of tax-advantaged savings accounts for medical costs and an eventual cap on federal funding to the states for Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poor.

Mr. Trump, whose voice will be pivotal moving forward, hailed the bill as “wonderful” on Twitter, but also said it’s now up for negotiation — a general endorsement that did little to swat away vocal opposition from Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah, raising doubts about the effort.

And major conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation, the Club For Growth, FreedomWorks, and the CATO Institute immediately came out swinging against “RINOCare.” (Source)

As Marco Rubio might put it, dispel the myth that Paul Ryan knows what he’s doing.

 

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What explains the depth of conservative opposition?  While some grumbling from House conservatives was inevitable, it’s odd that he couldn’t get buy-in from conservative organizations for a replacement plan. On its face, everything about this botched rollout seems like gross political incompetence.

While some grumbling from House conservatives was inevitable, it’s odd that he couldn’t get buy-in from conservative organizations for a replacement plan. On its face, everything about this botched rollout seems like gross political incompetence.

On its face, everything about this botched rollout seems like gross political incompetence.

While some grumbling from House conservatives was inevitable, it’s odd that he couldn’t get buy-in from conservative organizations for a replacement plan.

On its face, everything about this botched rollout seems like gross political incompetence.

Another, and perhaps more plausible, an answer is that Ryan couldn’t possibly be this inept.

He didn’t get his allies on board for a simple reason: He doesn’t actually want any major repeal plan to pass.

See entire article below.

This isn’t to say that Ryan would not, all things being equal, like to kill the Affordable Care Act. His entire political career has beenHis entire political career has been devoted to attacking programs for the poor to pay for upper-class tax cuts. But now passing and maintaining tax cuts and achieving other crucial objectives means Republicans must keep control of Congress — and that’s where ACA repeal becomes a major political liability.

But now passing and maintaining tax cuts and achieving other crucial objectives means Republicans must keep control of Congress — and that’s where ACA repeal becomes a major political liability.

Now that it’s being seriously threatened, the ACA is popular. And as Greg Sargent of TheWashington Post explains, passing RyanCare would almost certainly be a political disaster in the 2018 and 2020 elections.

Marginal voters might favor “small government” and oppose the “government takeover of health care” in the abstract, but that doesn’t mean they won’t object to having their coverage taken away or made substantially worse.

Passing a health care bill that takes coverage away from voters would also complicate what will already be a difficult political situation for the Republicans.

They’ve benefited from having the opposition control the White House during a time of gridlock, but now the shoe is on the other foot.

The out party generally fares better in midterm elections to begin with.

Even worse for Republicans, the popularity of the president is the best predictor of how the party will fare in congressional elections.

And while Donald Trump was able to eke out an Electoral College win with a lot of help from an unpopular opponent and the FBI, he remains a very unpopular figure.

Consider the case of Rand Paul, Kentucky’s very popular Medicaid program, Kynect, would be destroyed by the Republican bill.

So attacking the bill from the nominal right while allowing Kynect to live would be the least bad option for Paul.

Many of the other GOP senators from states that have accepted the ACA’s Medicaid expansion probably feel similarly.

For many Republicans, cold political logic dictates that RyanCare should be allowed to die. And Paul Ryan might know it.

 

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About JCscuba

I am firmly devoted to bringing you the truth and the stories that the mainstream media ignores. Together we can restore our constitutional republic to what the founding fathers envisioned and fight back against the progressive movement. Obama nearly destroyed our country economically, militarily coupled with his racism he set us further on the march to becoming a Socialist State. Now it's up to President Trump to restore America to prominence. Republicans who refuse to go along with most of his agenda RINOs must be forced to walk the plank, they are RINOs and little else.
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5 Responses to Did Paul Ryan intentionally sabotage his own health care plan? Tom Price Secretary of Health and Human Services to the Rescue

  1. GG says:

    All Congress Critters and those they provided exemption for in Govt. in addition to themselves, should be MADE to be subject to the same laws they force down the throats of every other American.. Good for me AND FOR THEE!! These Swamp rats believe they are royalty and should be held to different standard.. their own.. above the laws they impose on the citizens who would LOVE
    to give 99% of them a pink slip and replace with Genuine, American Patriots.

    Ryno’s version of Frankencare is indeed, O’care lite.. I truly hope Trump knows WTF he’s doing and won’t sign off on anything that isn’t exactly what he promised..

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    • JCscuba says:

      Well said Glow Girl, I believe Ryno’s plan is Obama Care with a bigger bite, destroying medicare in some places. Rock on, J.C.

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  2. Brittius says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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  3. Vita Delany says:

    So what’s really interesting is the amount of opposition that the bill has instantly generated among conservatives.

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    • JCscuba says:

      Conservatives know Ryan is not one of them. The prefer the plan by By the Sec of Health and Human Services, Doctor Tom Rice. Also, factor in the media attacking anything possible when Republicans don’t agree.

      More important why is the media not talking about how Republicans are getting behind Price’s plan? Rhetorical question, thanks for finding our spot and your comment. Jim

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