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Paul Ryan Did Not Heed The Voices From America

March 27, 2017

Nate Silver writes a very strong summation of where House Speaker Paul Ryan left the road and took to the ditch when it came to the political pit falls with health care legislation.

Republicans have been running on repealing and replacing Obamacare for seven years, and they’ve won a lot of elections in that period. You can argue that they have a mandate on the issue, even if they don’t have one overall. But Ryan and Trump pretty much ignored where public opinion stands on health care. Medicaid, which the AHCA would have rolled back, is extremely popular, for instance. About two-thirds of voters support government funding for Planned Parenthood; the AHCA would have cut it. But the bill didn’t do much to address the problems voters were actually concerned about, such as rising premiums.

Furthermore, Ryan and Trump advanced this bill despite receiving a warning shot from the public: Obamacare had almost immediately become more popular after Trump won the election. I don’t recall a lot of other times when public opinion shifted so quickly on a bill in response to an election result. It was as though voters were throwing up a big yield sign to congressional Republicans — we didn’t expect Trump to win the election; instead, we elected you to serve as a check on Hillary Clinton, so proceed with caution. Ryan barreled right on through it.

  1. March 30, 2017 2:22 PM

    I am still stunned that Ryan thought the bill he offered up was the best that after 7 years they could find as their great response to the ACA! I also wonder if the great Speaker has now fallen so afar from the WH dreams of quick success Trump and Comp. start to run with their agenda vs. the House plan that as offered up during the general election.

  2. March 30, 2017 11:14 AM

    Nice to see the Adorable Paul Ryan exposed as the empty-suited tool of big pharma and insurance that I always said he was. Enjoy, Mr. Speaker!

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