Paul Ryan’s hyped Obamacare revamp is a farce

Conservative critics view bill as Obamacare-lite, but House Ways and Means Committee moves forward

When current House Speaker Paul Ryan became Mitt Romney’s running mate in the 2012 presidential election, few outside of his home state had heard of the Wisconsin congressman. Romney promoted Ryan as a numbers cruncher and policy wonk. Though the Republicrat ticket crashed and burned, Ryan’s aspirations did not. Although his 2016 support for Trump was tepid, Ryan shrewdly dropped the anti-Trump Romney when it became apparent the businessman was poised to win the GOP nomination.

As House Republicans rolled out their Obamacare replacement, Ryan’s calculated political caution was nowhere to be seen. Many of his conservative colleagues have expressed dissatisfaction with the legislation bearing the speaker’s personal stamp of approval.

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have been vocal in their disapproval. An example is U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) who condemned the leadership bill in a two-word tweet: “Obamacare 2.0.” The full Freedom Caucus includes  over two dozen members of the 237 in the House Republican majority. If they voted as a bloc, they could sink the bill on their own. Arizona Congressmen Trent Franks (CD-8), Paul Gosar (CD-4) and David Schweikert (CD-6) are members of the group.

The Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon called the healthcare bill, “a train wreck waiting to happen. It is remarkable that they’ve produced a bill that is so out of touch with ACA opponents,” Cannon said. “The House Republican leadership bill does not replace Obamacare. It merely applies a new coat of paint to a building that Republicans themselves have already condemned.”

Edmund F. Haislmaier, a Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and an acknowledged expert and adviser in health care policy has written an analysis of the recently released draft House health care bill, “House Republican Health Care Bill Misses the Mark.”

The issue is complex, and putting a Band-Aid on Obamacare is the last thing the Republican controlled Congress should be considering. President Trump and Republican House and Senate majorities were elected in large part by citizens who believed their declarations of a full repeal of Obamacare, and their vows to replace it with free-market reforms.

But the rush is on. Step one, funding, was addressed by the House Ways and Means Committee this morning. This is the press release issued today by House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX). The bill was approved along party lines after debating the draft legislation nearly 18 hours. The full committee can be seen here.

16 Responses to Paul Ryan’s hyped Obamacare revamp is a farce

  1. Vince says:

    Why the rush? Get this massive takeover of our health care system right first, then present it to the American people.

    • Realist says:

      There won’t be a third time do over. They need to get this right which means spending whatever time is needed to do the job correctly. The fact that conservative think tanks and the House Freedom Caucus have reservations tells me this process needs to slow down.

  2. Jakesez says:

    Last night on the Hannity show Newt was talking about this bill. He stated that this was the first of about four or five bills that would be needed to completely destroy ObamaCare and have the new health care package in place. He advised that we needed to do this in small increments because not one democrat will vote with us and many republicans will be slow in supporting any bill that rids us of ObamaCare.

    I want it right the first time but I have to listen to someone with Newts experience. We can’t let Trump lose his first run at major legislation. Lets watch closely and be ready to jump in because anything connected with Ryan could be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
    I am ready to give Trump a chance.

  3. Saguaro Sam says:

    Paul Ryan is a man with curious credentials.
    His wife and her family are progressives.
    His former longtime (black) girlfriend went to prison for fraud.
    I hope that Rand Paul keeps nipping at Ryan’s heels.

    Meanwhile, in another very interesting revelation:
    Recently retired Catholic Archbishop Luigi Negri states that Pope Benedict was forced by the Obama administration into “resigning”.

    Apparently the Obama/Soros/Clinton cabal were working fast and furious to destroy religion in the U.S., just as Soros had previously worked to destroy religion in Europe.

    Remember that Pope Benedict is a highly educated Catholic scholar who, when he was known as Cardinal Ratzinger, wrote and lectured about the muslims and the dangers of Islam.
    It’s not as if the muslims have not tried to take down the Church and all of Europe in centuries past.

    WikiLeaks seems to give credence to Archbishop Negri’s claims.

    John Podesta was the front man for two phony “Catholic” organizations that put pressure on U.S. Catholic Bishops.
    Both organizations have those feel-good names like Catholic Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United. Both push progressive, globalist agendas.

    And now, today, we learn that Perp Francis is talking about the “evils of populism”.

    We are in the Lenten season. Where are the messages regarding Jesus and the Kingdom of Heaven?

    The purple hat has been misled.

  4. Frankly Speaking says:

    For my own sanity, I had to take a break from watching Paul Ryan’s press conference as he struts his stuff with this sleeves rolled up, to show how hard he’s been working! What a show boater!! He has repeated several times, “This is the closest we’ll ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare.”

    Whose payroll is this guy on?

  5. Doc says:

    Mark Levin says this is “”. He listed 20 things yesterday that aren’t covered. Such as being able to do business across state lines.

    The thing that REALLY boils my back-side is that House (r)’s have had SEVEN Y-E-A-R-S to get this figured out. NOW they’re scrambling? These slackers should’ve had a plan Agreed on by almost ALL (r)’s & ready to roll out as a Winning Double-edged Sword…Repeal obasturdcare in it’s entirety & Replace with a WINNING Plan that meets the needs of US!!

    …oh…sorry. I forgot these slackers don’t work for us anymore. We serve Them.

    …got it.

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      What part about “start over” doesn’t Paul Ryan (want to) get? What Ryan is trying to get away with is a repackaging of Obamacare, with minor changes. The House has had 5-6-7 years to be ready with a market-driven healthcare plan in the event the Republicans took the White House. Thankfully, Trump not Clinton won – Ryan’s tepid “support” notwithstanding.

      Here are 20 great ideas from Conservative Review.

      20 ideas to crush Obamacare and cure America’s health care crisis

  6. Conservative Since Birth says:

    How about taking care of Americans first – like a good healthcare system similar to what we once had.

    31 Senators Call for More Foreign Workers to Replace Blue-Collar Americans – Breitbart

    Thirty-one Senators signed the letter to outsource the extra jobs. They include 10 Democrats and 21 Republicans:

    Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), John Cornyn (R-TX), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chris Coons (D-DE), John Barrasso (R-WY), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tom Carper (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Patty Murray (D-WA), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Angus King (I-ME), Tim Scott (R-SC), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Richard Burr (R-NC), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), James Lankford (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Bob Casey (D-PA).

    The signers include Sen. Graham, who has a long history of aiding H-2B employers.

  7. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Here’s a link to above that hopefully works:

    20 ideas to crush Obamacare and cure America’s health care crisis

  8. Dennis O'Brien says:

    I registered as a Republican as soon as I reached legal age to vote. I never thought I would leave the GOP, but with the pissy “representation” we have caving into this scam, I’m giving serious thought to re-registering as an Independent. I voted for Donald Trump, and am glad he won, but from what I’m reading, he seems to be OK with this repackaged Obamacare.

    One of the main items most of us have been hoping for is portability, which this bill doesn’t even include. Paul Ryan wants to run for president and this fakery will help him win Democrat votes down the road. His looks remind me of Eddie the werewolf kid on The Munsters. His actions remind me of any liberal.

  9. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Late Breaking News!

    After more than 27 hours of debate, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has voted to approve the Republican Obamacare repeal plan. (CNN)

    • Doc says:

      …hyoooooje surprize. Say it Ain’t So…(yawn)

      I voted for President Trump & I don’t expect “perfection” but, this crap is a BIG fumble on the dim-0-crap’s 15 yard line.

      …and paul mcR.I.N.O. needs to STOP lickin’ john “crybaby” boehner’s shoes.

  10. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    This letter calling out Ryan’s scheme for what it is was sent by Ken Cuccinelli,II, President of Senate Conservatives Action.
    He calls it RYANCARE!!!!

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      Excellent letter by Ken Cuccinelli, a real conservative. He’s on record if we end up with RyanCare as calling it what it is. The GOPe will screw up a one-car funeral.

  11. Saguaro Sam says:

    Entrenched Congressional Swamp Dwellers on Collision Course with Americans—-sort of like this:

    We’re just sittin’ on the dock of the bay watching the tide roll away. . .

  12. Hunter says:

    Repeal it – Period!

    Trump is not getting rid of Obamacare.