When things go swimmingly, the GOP steals the credit and when they go south, they shift the blame anywhere they can — even if it means sinking a fellow Republican’s ship.
That’s what has been happening in the GOP recently thanks to the abysmally dreadful replacement plan they drafted to replace “ObamaCare,” or the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The replacement plan, the American Health Care Act (ACHA), has received tremendous opposition from both sides of the political divide since its inception. Moderate Republicans especially are turning their backs on the Trump administration and the Speaker, Paul Ryan and are refusing to fake support for this garbage piece of legislation.
The repeal and replacement of the ACA was a big ticket campaign slogan for Donald Trump during his run for the presidency. However, following the strong promises by him and his administration to repeal, many people — including many of his (former) supporters — began to panic. It was reported that a number of people who voted for Trump had actually voted against their own interests, as they had not realized that their care through the “Affordable Care Act” was the same thing as “ObamaCare.” Even more people raised concerns over whether or not the Republicans would even create a replacement plan of any kind.
Fortunately, they did; but unfortunately, their idea of a replacement plan which provides “more options” for “cheaper,” is to jack up premiums for seniors and strip approximately 24 million people of their coverage by 2026. Fourteen million of those people will lose coverage as early as 2018 — and that’s an extremely scary prospect.
Given that this loss of coverage would occur just in time for the 2018 election, Republicans are extremely concerned and are beginning to view those touting the bill as a good thing like gravediggers for the GOP. As a result, Paul Ryan is on damage control.
Ryan is working diligently to ensure, essentially, that the bill isn’t perceived as the giant failure, and as toxic as it is, and — if that doesn’t work — that President Donald Trump takes some of the fall for it.
President Trump started with this blame game first when the scum publication Breitbart published sources close to Trump indicating he felt Ryan dropped the ball on the ACHA and that if it was Trump’s bill, it would not have half the problems it has.
They quote one source as stating:
‘The President gave Ryan a chance. If he doesn’t get his act together soon, the president will have no choice but to step in and fix this on his own. He’s the best negotiator on the planet, and if this were his bill not Ryan’s it would not be this much of a mess.’
Ryan has now retaliated with what basically amounts to a “no, it’s his fault too” and made a point to link Trump to the bill directly — claiming that Trump put a lot into it — under the guise of giving Trump due credit.
It seems Paul Ryan also knows, despite what he claimed previously, that the bill must be amended for it to pass at all. At first, Ryan asserted that Republicans just needed time to recognize and appreciate the bill for what it is, but that has very quickly proven to be untrue. People are seeming to take more issue with the ACHA as proposed now than before, because they’ve been able to see the millions of people it would fail, and the rising costs that would be associated with it.
Due to that, Ryan tried to grab himself a life raft and assert that the GOP was going to work together as a big old happy team:
‘We’re making all kinds of improvements and refinements that we think make this bill better.’
Ryan and Trump have never really gotten along, and that’s what makes this whole thing all the more laughable. Breitbart, as scummy of a publication as it is, leaked audio files of the House Speaker Paul Ryan speaking down about Donald Trump when he was the GOP nominee for president.
In the audio file, Ryan says:
‘His comments are not anywhere in keeping with our party’s principles and values. There are basically two things that I want to make really clear, as for myself as your Speaker. I am not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future. As you probably heard, I disinvited him from my first congressional district GOP event this weekend—a thing I do every year. And I’m not going to be campaigning with him over the next 30 days.
‘Look, you guys know I have real concerns with our nominee.’
The fact that Americans are just getting wind of how severe the animosity is between Donald Trump and essentially everyone around him now is a real shame. But, better late than never. Watching this unfold is going to be a lot like watching a house of cards fall, and hopefully it will be dramatic enough to take “TrumpCare,” in its entirety, out with them.
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