One week ago, well past the evening news cycle, RyanCare was released upon the public in order to avoid it being leaked on Tuesday across the mainstream media. It’s a massive understatement to say it was poorly received. In the last sixteen years, better than anything else, RyanCare proves why the GOP Establishment always loses.
As a piece of legislation, it is a blend of mind numbing stupidity (i.e. Federal tax “credits” for people who pay NO Federal taxes guarantees them Federal refund money to spend on flat screen TV’s – not health insurance) and self-immolation (a $ 400 million special tax deal for health insurance executives – BRILLIANT!).
As a replacement for Obamacare, it is merely a “less bad” solution – Obamacare is in it’s death spiral and is guaranteed to “augur in” by 2018 – so Ryan and his Merry Band of Misfit Toys Leadership want to substitute the equivalent of a train wreck stretching out to 2020, but it will only be that good if “Parts 2 and 3” are enacted.
As the opening act of the legislative process, where the House MUST be the source of all spending – it originating in the House is the ONLY aspect of it Senators find appealing – they can and are running away from it thanks to it being created by the worst people D.C. has to offer – lobbyists and bureaucratic wonks who ALWAYS create legislation only their masters can love.
As public policy, Ryancare is the penultimate proof the professional politicians did not learn anything from the 2016 election cycle – they took what the Republican Leadership would have supported being in Obamacare and are trying to sell it as a replacement three years AFTER Obamacare has alienated all but the uber-liberal brain dead zombies and life long politicians who will never see the failure inherent in government trying to run 1/6th of the economy.
As political “strategery”, Ryancare underscores the anger at the D.C. Establishment should be MUCH GREATER because the ONLY “thought” which drove it was the oldest and most offensive motivation of the political Establishment – let’s get what WE want done as fast as possible in the cynical belief something WORSE will happen before 2018 so people won’t be focused on this POS.
When the details came out on the evening of March 6th, I told colleagues my take was President Trump had “given Paul Ryan et al plenty of rope with which to hang themselves“. Many people felt the President should have provided NO support of any kind in the days that followed. To the best of my knowledge, not one of those people has EVER worked in the political arena. When the House Republican Leadership takes control, which they did very clearly on the issue of repeal and replace Obamacare, they are acting within their Constitutional prerogative under the separation of powers. If President Trump had run from or denounced the American Health Care Act immediately, he would have handed the MSM two years worth of derogatory headlines. Taking the heat for his mild support for the past week is the price he had to pay to prevent a worse outcome.
Today, in remarks which NONE of the mainstream media OR conservative media reported, President Trump put his hand on the lever ready to cause the floor to drop out from under Ryan, his Merry Band of Fools and, most likely, his Secretary of HHS, Tom Price (who if he is soon unemployed should spend his time contemplating how getting rolled by his former friends led to his early dismissal).
TRUMP: And I have to say this, just in closing, and then I want to hear some of your stories. And we’ll let the press stay for your stories, if you like.
But the press is making Obamacare look so good all of a sudden. I’m watching the news. It looks so good. They’re showing these reports — now, this one gets so much and this one gets so much.
First of all, it covers very few people. And it’s imploding. And ’17 will be the worst year. And I said it once, I’ll say it again. Because Obama’s gone — you know, he — things are going to be very bad this year for the people with Obamacare. They’re gonna have tremendous increases.
And the Republicans, frankly, are putting themselves in a very bad position — I tell this to Tom Price all the time — by repealing Obamacare.
Because people aren’t going to see the truly devastating effects of Obamacare. They’re not gonna see the devastation in ’17 and ’18 and ’19. It’ll be gone by then. It’ll — whether we do it or not, it’ll be imploded off the map.
So, the press is making it look so wonderful so that if we end it, everyone’s going to say, “Oh, remember how great Obamacare used to be? Remember how wonderful it used to be? It was so great.”
It’s a little bit like President Obama. When he left, people liked him. When he was here, people didn’t like him so much.
That’s the way life goes. That’s human nature.
The fact is, Obamacare is a disaster. And by — and I say this to the Republicans all the time — by repealing it, by getting rid of it, by ending it, everyone’s gonna say, “Oh, it used to be so great.” But it wasn’t great.
And I tell Tom Price and I tell Paul Ryan, I tell every one of ’em, I say the best thing you can do politically is wait a year because it’s gonna blow itself off the map.
But that’s the wrong thing to do for the country. It’s the wrong thing to do for our citizens.
Respectfully, President Trump, I disagree.
I think the BEST thing for the Republican Party and our fellow citizens is for you to announce it would be better to leave Obamacare in place while a task force led by Rudy Guiliani will work to create a replacement plan that WILL reward innovation instead of the status quo, use market forces to DRIVE the cost curve down and formulate long term legislation for Medicare/Medicaid which will accomplish the same reduction in costs (i.e. provide an opt-out for those in or near retirement who wave the ridiculously expensive End Of Life treatments which only add months to a patient’s life but tens of billions of dollars of profits to hospitals).
You demonstrated your uncanny ability to LISTEN to the public in the 2016 election cycle. Let them know now you are committed to the CORRECT solutions – political expediency and timetables be DAMNED.
I predict such an announcement would provide overwhelming motivation to the Congress for rapid, worthwhile solutions being agreed upon while reminding the media and our fellow citizens just how BAD is the danger from Obamacare.