Paul Ryan has rolled out Obamacare 2.0.
Rather than keep his promise to repeal Obamacare, Ryan is fully backing a scheme that keeps Obamacare in place and even makes some parts worse.
Now he’s made a decision that left conservatives fuming and questioning his loyalty.
Paul Ryan and his establishment allies have turned their guns on conservatives.
The House Freedom Caucus opposes Obamacare 2.0.
And members of the Republican Study Committee have also stated their opposition.
So big money groups backed by establishment donors are unleashing millions of dollars in ads targeting conservatives.
Their goal is to wear down their resistance and browbeat them into supporting Ryan’s version of Obamacare.
“Particularly, the group American Action Network—a group the Post notes is “affiliated with” Ryan’s Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC—“is targeting 30 members it says are part of the House Freedom Caucus,” DeBonis writes.
“The Republicans’ American Health Care Act versus Obamacare,” a narrator says in the Ryan-connected ads. “Obamacare is full of job-destroying mandates. The new plan eliminates them. Obamacare put bureaucrats in control. The Republican plan puts patients and doctors in charge. Obamacare stuck families with soaring premiums. The new plan provides more choices and lower costs.”
Most of those claims are untrue. The Ryan bill does not eliminate Obamacare’s individual mandate, the highly controversial part of Obamacare that forced all Americans to buy a health insurance plan even if they did not want one or face a tax penalty collected by the IRS. Ryan’s bill still forces all Americans to buy healthcare but gives the penalty collected for not doing so to insurance companies.
The bureaucrats versus patients and doctors claim can also be challenged, given that the AARP and the American Medical Association both oppose the bill, while the bureaucrat-connected Washington establishment organization the U.S. Chamber of Commerce backs Ryan’s plan.
And the claim this bill cuts costs doesn’t hold muster either, as everyone from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to the House Freedom Caucus to Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) are concerned Ryan’s bill actually does the reverse.”
Rather than listen to conservatives, Ryan’s allies are attacking them.
Ryan can only afford to lose 21 votes in the House, and leadership can only see two Republicans defect in the Senate.
Right now, conservatives have the votes to block the bill as written.
The legislation Ryan rolled out – and the attacks by his establishment allies – reveals that GOP leadership never had any intention of repealing Obamacare.
Trump rallied voters to his cause by campaigning on repealing Obamacare.
But Paul Ryan and his collaborators lied to Americans and stabbed Trump in the back with this bill.
And now they are trying to knife conservatives who are simply asking that Paul Ryan keep his word.