(c) 2017 by Paul DuginskiUsed only with express written permission
At a news conference Friday after the mean-spirited Trumpcare bill imploded, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said, “We are going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”
The key word here is “living.” Under Trumpcare, a.k.a. the American Health Care Act, there would have been an awful lot of dying.
The Trump/Ryan plan would have booted 24 million people off of health insurance by 2026, according to a devastating report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Some 14 million people would have lost health insurance next year alone. It also would have eliminated essential health benefits such as emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, lab services, prescription drugs and so on.
And it would have given a huge tax break to the wealthiest Americans.
In my March 14 post, I likened Paul Ryan, supposedly the “intellectual leader of the GOP,” to a grifter. He was pushing House members to hurry up and pass the Trumpcare bill, and now we know what he was trying to slip past them into law.
In reality, it was just another shabby effort by Ryan, an Ayn Rand acolyte, to kick the “takers” out of the hammock that he believes the social safety net has become — never mind that many of those “takers” also voted for Trump. Maybe Ryan the grifter was also scamming Trump, who of course can be counted on not to read or understand legislation.
Trump promised to repeal and replace Obamacare with something better. But he probably doesn’t know or care what it would be replaced with. Remember, he just discovered that healthcare can be complicated. He did promise to repeal and replace during his first day in office, if not his first hours.
So Trumpcare is as dead as that famous piece of ironmongery, the doornail. Because of that, Obamacare lives, in spite of 65 silly votes by the Republicans in Congress to repeal it. Many more Americans will have a chance to live as a result. That means a (yooge) savings in another kind of dead iron work, the coffin nail.