Paul Ryan made a disastrous decision.
Instead of repealing Obamacare 100%, he introduced legislation to keep Obamacare in place.
Now it could mark the end of his career.
Conservatives were furious when Ryan refused to honor Donald Trump and the GOP’s pledge to completely repeal Obamacare.
His legislation – which was quickly dubbed Ryancare by conservatives – kept Obamacare’s mandates and regulatory structures in place.
Conservatives in Congress and in sympathetic outside groups quickly coalesced in opposition to the bill.
Now it’s beginning to sink Ryan’s popularity and leading to calls for his ouster as Speaker of the House.
In fact, a recent poll from Public Policy Polling found Donald Trump is now more popular in Ryan’s district than he is.
“A survey conducted by Public Policy Polling from March 9 to March 10 of 519 voters in Wisconsin’s first congressional district finds that a majority—50 percent—have a favorable view of President Donald Trump. Only 47 percent have an unfavorable view of Trump, while three percent are unsure. Ryan, meanwhile, has only 49 percent in his district who have a favorable view of him, while 44 percent have an unfavorable view and seven percent are unsure. That means more people in Paul Ryan’s own district like Donald Trump more than they like Paul Ryan.
If that news was not bad enough for Ryan, his own constituents are aligned against his Obamacare 2.0 bill—also called RINO-CARE, Ryancare, or Obamacare Lite—the American Health Care Act. “Do you support or oppose Paul Ryan and the Republicans’ new health care bill, which would cause millions to lose their health insurance?” respondents were asked. The bill, which does not repeal Obamacare and would, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and a separate internal Trump administration White House analysis, cause anywhere from 24 to 26 million people to lose health insurance over the next decade, only gets 37 percent of Ryan’s district in support of it—while 46 percent, a strong plurality, oppose Ryan’s healthcare bill. Sixteen percent are unsure.”
The disastrous rollout of Ryancare isn’t just tanking the Speaker’s popularity.
It’s also emboldened conservatives to believe they could replace Ryan with a more conservative Speaker who would work better with Trump.
Breitbart also reports:
“In response to the audio, Ryan’s waning popularity, and his failures on healthcare, House GOP members have begun discussions about replacing Ryan as Speaker of the House with a Republican alternative more interested in working well with President Trump.”
Fox Business Channel’s Lou Dobbs also joined the chorus calling for Ryan to resign.
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) March 14, 2017
Will Ryan’s plan to keep Obamacare in place cost him his Speakership?
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