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.