Election 2016 Healthcare Racism

Taking Healthcare Away From Millions is More Important to Paul Ryan Than Anything

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

How could Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump considering the great wealth of terrible things Trump has said and done?

There's no need to speculate. Speaker Ryan himself made it very clear that taking healthcare away from tens of millions of people is more important than anything else.

During a radio show interview on Friday, Ryan said he's willing to look past Trump's overt racism because Trump would sign a repeal of Obamacare.

In an interview with Up Front with Vicki McKenna, a Milwaukee radio show, Ryan said that “the comment about the judge the other day just was out of left field” and that he “completely disagree[s] with the thinking behind that.” [...]

If you want to get rid of Obamacare,” Ryan explained, “you need to pass a new law” that the president must sign. “We need a partner in the White House,” the Speaker continued, “to help us advance these bills that we’ve been passing — these conservative reforms that we want to get in law.”

Trump can skip the dogwhistles and go right to the raw racism. Trump can threatened the integrity of the entire federal judiciary and the rule of law itself.

None of that matters. What matters to Paul Ryan is repealing Obamacare.

I would say Paul Ryan is sadistic, but that would require feeling. I'm not convinced Ryan feels anything.

You can say you disagree with Trump's rhetoric, but actions speak louder than words. Paul Ryan's functional racism defines him as much as it does Trump who is running a campaign based on racism. If Paul Ryan would use Trump's racist campaign to win the White House, Ryan is also a racist.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    “We need a partner in the White House,” the Speaker continued, “to help us advance these bills that we’ve been passing — these conservative reforms that we want to get in law.”

    Umm, excuse me, what “bills”? What “reforms”? You haven’t “been passing” anything. WTF are you talking about here?

  • Victor the Crab

    But…but…but…if we just allow Trump to win the White House, he’ll do stuff like this, then the country will burn in a giant bonfire, and we can finally build our perfect socialist utopia up from the ashes that we all demand and deserve!


  • Badgerite

    You know who Trump reminds me of, and Ryan should be well aware of this character because he claims to be a Ayn Rand devotee? He reminds me of the character Ellsworth M. Toohey in Fountainhead. Of course, in Ayn Rand world Toohey is a ‘socialist’ who will “give you everything”. She never did have much of a grasp of the real world. In reality, the GOP and certainly Trump, are the embodiment of the villains portrayed in her books. Toohey, of course, was a shill for people who wanted power. And appealing to the lowest and meanest in the human character, and lying a lot was how he got it.
    Welcome to ‘Fountainhead World’, Mr. Ryan. And you and Trump are the villains.

    • muselet


      • Badgerite

        I have read her books. I just thought they were like reading Dick Tracey comics. They had that much in common with the real world.

  • muselet

    If Paul Ryan actually believes Donald Trump’s tantrum over Gonzalo Curiel “was just out of left field,” then he’s not been paying attention, and if he “completely disagrees” with Trump’s racism, then he has an odd way of showing it.

    It’s worth noting, moreover, that the “conservative reforms” Ryan refers to are far more ambitious than simply rolling back President Obama’s legislative achievements. Ryan’s other plans include voucherizing Medicare in a way that significantly reduces health benefits to seniors, slashing health care for poor people and food stamps, and giving large tax cuts to rich people.

    There’s a reason why Charlie Pierce styles Ryan as “the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin.”