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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Julie D
Julie D7 months ago

For a very long time now Ryan has been frothing at the mouth to eliminate any humanitarian programs that exist, he literally hates them. He would love to be able to prevent any type of government aided affordable healthcare, as well be able to eliminate Social Security and Medicare for the elderly. He is an Ayn Rand disciple and a very hate filled, selfish, greedy, evil person as well as being a huge liar and backstabber. That he has been allowed to attain the level of power he has is an abomination, people of his ilk are not fit to hold any public office. He is a sick and evil man. The permanently nasty smirk on his face as he spews his wickedness infuriates me to the point of wanting to slap it right off his face, and I am not normally a violent person. Obviously you can tell I am not a fan of this piece of garbage.

Belinda Lang
Belinda Lang7 months ago

Paul Ryan and the people like him are an abomination. The richest country in the world and we can't have universal health care for our people? This is beyond an outrage.

Eric Lees
Eric L7 months ago

@Pam, yet people still expect the government to fix problems caused by government. The definition of insanity.

pam w
pam w7 months ago

From a friend's FB page....when I was hungry, you canceled my food stamps
when I was thirsty, you diverted lead & coal into my water
when I was sick, you tripled my insurance rates
when I was naked, you raped me & blamed me because I was naked.
when I was in prison, you enslaved me to corporations
when I was a stranger with brown skin you deported me
from the lonely you took away social programs
from the elderly, you took away meals & medicine
from the workers, you took away legal protections
from the young, you took away school funding
from the victims, you took away shelter
instead of diversity, you encourage intolerance
instead of caring, you encourage isolation
instead of equity, you encourage military excess
when the 1% has ground us into the dust, taken all of our money, and let us die for lack of insurance - who will you feed upon?

Eric Lees
Eric L7 months ago

What a mess the government has made.

ERIKA S7 months ago


Brian F
Brian F7 months ago

Republicans and corporate democrats are the most heartless people on the face of this earth. They only want healthcare for the 1%, and the rest of the people can die. Trumpcare is a scam, to give a 275 Billion dollar tax break for the rich. Healthcare is a right, and we are the only nation on earth, that doesn't have single payer universal healthcare with a public option. Courageous progressives like Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders are pushing for us to have single payer universal healthcare, but the corrupt corporate owned democrat and republican party's are blocking them from having any power, so they can serve their corporate masters. Over 60% of Americans support single payer universal healthcare, with a public option, but these dirty crooks and liars like Paul Ryan, and Trump, are in the pockets of big pharma and our criminal healthcare industry. Their should be demonstrations across the nation. This fraud Trump, needs to be Impeached. Trump is an absolute disgrace to this nation, and only cares about the rich, like himself.

Brian F
Brian F7 months ago

Paul Ryan has always been a bold faced liar and scumbag, who is owned by big pharma and our criminal healthcare industry like Hillary is. Trumpcare would tear away health care from 24 million people over the next 10 years, defund Planned Parenthood, destroy Medicaid, and raise insurance premiums. Trumpcare is a disaster and nightmare for the working poor, and elderly. Trumpcare is a 275 billion dollar tax break for the top 2%, and a $7,000 yearly increase for those 55 and over who make $25,000 a year. Only an absolute moron would approve of Trumpcare. We need single payer universal healthcare with a public option, but since the corrupt corporate owned democratic party blocks Bernie Sanders from having any power, so they can continue their corruption, we will never see Medicare for All or single payer universal healthcare.

Katie & Bill D
Katie & Bill D7 months ago

I have found that Congress pays their own.

Katie & Bill D
Katie & Bill D7 months ago

Keep standing up I told the Representatives and congressmen that we want the same PLAN AS PAUL RYAN HAS FOR HEALTHCARE OR UNIVERSAL FOR ALL WITH NO TAX.
WE ALL DESERVE BETTER. OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE THIS BENEFIT AND WE ARE THE USA HERE WE ARE NUMBER ONE. What are you going to do when the baby is sick or mom or grandma. Or as healthy as you think you are, yourself??
TRUMPY SAID he Would NOT take our Medicare, Social Security we earned it a long time ago, this is very True we did and it's our for when we are Senior's when we are no longer in the workforce. It's not to be Touched! It's Our's.