House Speaker Paul Ryan has been on the defensive for months now regarding the American Health Care Act, and he made it clear on Sunday morning that he’s getting tired of the criticism the bill has faced.
He also proved that he hasn’t gotten any better at defending the bill he’s been working so hard to pass.
During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Ryan struggled to defend the fact that a number of representatives did not even read the bill prior to voting in its favor.
Ryan started getting uncomfortable when Stephanopoulos brought up a statement the Speaker himself made in 2009 regarding passing bills before they’ve been read.
‘I don’t think we should pass bills that we haven’t read and that we don’t know what they cost. If you rush this thing through before anybody even knows what it is, that’s not good democracy.’
After Ryan’s statement was replayed for him, Stephanopoulos added insult to injury by pointing out that several of the Speaker’s colleagues had not done their homework before Thursday’s vote.
‘A lot of your members have conceded they didn’t read the bill. There wasn’t a single committee hearing or committee markup on the finalized version of the bill. There wasn’t a CBO analysis of this bill. So have you met your own standard here?’
Obviously flustered, Ryan immediately tried to blame “the left” for his fellow Republicans’ incompetence.
‘Yes, I think this is a kind of a bogus attack from the left…The bill has been online for two months.’
When Stephanopoulos interrupted to remind Ryan that the version of the bill that was available online was not the final version, Ryan shot back:
‘The final version was an amendment that was three pages long. It takes you 30 seconds to read.’
Ryan also tried to work in yet another attack on the Affordable Care Act afterwards, saying that the AHCA is significantly shorter.
‘By the way, Obamacare was over 2,000 pages. This bill is under 200 pages. It doesn’t take long to go through this bill, and the final amendment — three pages long.’
Watch Ryan’s less-than convincing defense of the AHCA in the video below, available via Twitter.
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Featured image is a screenshot from the video.