5 Things We Can’t Believe Ryan Said About Trumpcare
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is so unbelievably excited. After years of waiting, he has finally gotten to usher in his master healthcare reform plan – and take the shot at ending Medicaid and Medicare he had been desperately hoping for, as well. But actually selling this monster of pay-out to medical CEOs and the top income tax bracket? Well, that’s not going nearly as well. Here are five things we can’t believe Rep. Ryan has said about Trumpcare.
1) It’s not going to “win any beauty contests.”
No one is that big of a fan of Trumpcare, which is likely to end coverage for millions of American. But, if you want to dismantle Obamacare, you have to break a few eggs, right?
“House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted Friday that the Congressional Budget Office will likely estimate that millions of people would lose health insurance under the GOP’s proposed health care bill. But he said that the the bill wasn’t meant to address the ‘beauty contest’ of increasing coverage,” reports Talking Points Memo. “‘We always know, you’re never going to win a coverage beauty contest when it’s free market versus government mandates,’ Ryan told radio host Hugh Hewitt, after Hewitt floated the possibility that the CBO would estimate 15 million people will lose health insurance because of the American Health Care Act.”
2) You have to stop making all the young, healthy people pay for older, sicker customers’ illnesses.
Crafting insurance coverage policy is hard, according to Ryan, who never found out exactly how pool coverage works. “The conceit of Obamacare is that young and healthy people are going to go into the market and pay for the older, sicker people,” he complained about the Affordable Care Act.
Huffington Post clarifies that, that is exactly how insurance works:
Everyone pays into the pot and draws on it when they’re sick. Younger people, who tend to be healthier than older people, pay for health insurance like everyone else. They’ll rely on it when when they need it, probably more when they’re older and there are younger, healthier people filing in behind them. It’s the same with car insurance. Some people pay for decades and never get into an accident and never collect on their coverage (though the likelihood of anyone never using health insurance is unlikely).
3) It’s an “act of Mercy.”
Millions have obtained insurance through the Affordable Care Act, but Ryan calls repealing the bill – and replacing it with his new plan, with less coverage and less subsidies – an “act of mercy.” Other politicians are less inclined to believe it.
“I was struck last night by a comment that I heard made by Speaker Ryan, where he called this repeal bill ‘an act of mercy,’” said Congressman Joseph Kennedy III. “With all due respect to our speaker, he and I must have read different Scripture…The one I read calls on us to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to shelter the homeless, and to comfort the sick. It reminds us that we are judged not by how we treat the powerful, but by how we care for the least among us. There is no mercy in a system that makes health care a luxury. There is no mercy in a country that turns their back on those most in need of protection: the elderly, the poor, the sick, and the suffering. There is no mercy in a cold shoulder to the mentally ill. This is not an act of mercy. It is an act of malice.”
Or as someone on Twitter put it: “Paul Ryan just said the GOP plan is ‘an act of mercy.’ That is language people use when they are killing people.”
4) They just need to keep chugging along.
In perhaps the oddest analogy, Ryan said that without passing the AHCA, it will be impossible to get any other legislation passed, either. Apparently, the GOP only has a one-track mind.
“Think of legislation as one train track with a bunch of trains on the track. If you don’t get these trains through the system, it slows everything else down,” he said in an interview, according to Politico. “I do agree that this is momentum-killing. If we don’t do this and reduce or get rid of the trillion dollar tax increases in Obamacare, that just puts tax reform a trillion dollars further out of our reach. So there’s a lot that rides on this, not to mention just the schedule. We love Neil Gorsuch. We think he’s a great judge. We want to stay on schedule and get him in there as well. There’s a lot that rides on this with respect to the sequence of things.”
5) He has no doubt it will pass.
Regardless of the flaws – or the fact that even a number of Republicans think the bill is a mess – Ryan is still certain that it’s going to pass and become law. “‘I have no doubt we’ll pass this because we’re going to keep our promises,’ Ryan said, adding every Republican from Congress to the president ‘made a promise to the American people and the promise we made to the American people is we’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare,’” he said in a press conference.
Well, good luck with that.
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