Healthcare

Paul Ryan Isn’t Giving Up His Life-Long Fantasy Just Yet

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has been fantasizing about dismantling Medicaid between kegs of shitty beer since he was a teenager and he's not prepared to let go of his fetish just yet.

Speaker Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke to reporters this morning where he said he still intends to "repeal and replace" Obamacare at some point but not anytime soon.

"We're going to get this right. And in the meantime we're going to do all of our other work that we came here to do," Ryan said Tuesday after a long meeting with the Republican conference. [...]

"We promised that we would repeal and replace Obamacare and that's exactly what we're going to do. Friday the timeline wasn't there, the votes were not there yet," House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said.

During the press conference, Ryan said he still believes they should use the budget reconciliation process to repeal Obamacare with a simple majority vote along party lines, but it doesn't appear that Republicans in the Senate have any appetite for that.

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and John Cornyn (R-TX) have both seemingly ruled out using reconciliation on any future endeavor.

As for Ryan, one of the primary reasons he won't let go of repealing Obamacare yet is because he needs it. Ryan's entire "Path to Prosperity" or "Better Way" agenda depends on passing massive spending cuts on healthcare and other social assistance programs to finance tax cuts for the rich.

Ryan already knows this and he apparently hasn't broken the bad news to his own caucus yet.

Or maybe he has.

Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows appeared on ABC Sunday where he said tax cuts don't necessarily have to be paid for.

Surprisingly, Meadows said that he personally would be open to reform that cuts taxes for Americans but doesn’t include offsetting cuts in spending or increases in revenue designed to prevent the deficit and debt from rising.

Does it have to be fully offset? My personal response is no,” Meadows said.

He suggested that feeling may be less rare within the Freedom Caucus than many expect. “I think there’s been a lot of flexibility in terms of some of my contacts and conservatives in terms of not making it totally offset and that’s a move that we’re trying to do to provide real relief and economic growth.”

Meadows probably understands that there's no way to pay for Ryan's tax cut package without big healthcare cuts.

And those cuts are not going to happen, by the way. Trumpcare is dead. Congress will soon pass a continuing resolution to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2017 and spend a majority of the Spring and Summer on recess. Before we know it, we'll be looking at the October 1st deadline for funding the federal government in fiscal 2018 and the GOP could be no closer to repealing Obamacare or passing sweeping tax cuts.

  • muselet

    We’re going to get this right.

    First time for everything, I suppose.

    Honestly, I hope the Rs keep trying to repeal the ACA. Perhaps enough people who reflexively vote R will realize it’s not only those people! who’ll get hurt when programs get cut or killed by the GOP.

    Don’t misunderstand, I’m not expecting a change in voting habits; I’m merely hoping for a few tar-and-featherings, starting, if at all possible, with Paul Ryan.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    “Does it have to be fully offset? My personal response is no,”

    Meadows said.

    Maddow got it right years ago on Meet the Press when she said Paul Ryan is not a deficit hawk. He’s a supply sider. This is of course the only accurate way of describing the entire GOP. We’re back in the days of the Bush Administration when fake fiscal conservatives such as Paul Ryan couldn’t spell the word deficit. Let alone pronounce it in public. Tax cuts for their donors is all these people will ever give a damn about.

    • Badgerite

      And “supply siders” is what we call those who are charged with dreaming up an excuse to give whopping tax cuts to the 1 percent and above.
      There is no genuine, legitimate economic theory there. It has been proven to be a hoax. Dreamed up to justify gutting the US treasury to the benefit of political donors.

  • swift_4

    We have been fucking this chicken for seven long years, and by all that is holy we will keep fucking this chicken until we can fuck no more!

    • Aynwrong

      Poor chicken.

  • ninjaf

    Cut taxes and spend Republicans. They are fine with putting thing on Uncle Sam’s credit card, so long as there is a (R) after the name of the person introducing it.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      It’s almost like they’re a bunch of hypocritical children incapable of serious governance…

      • Victor the Crab

        Almost? They ARE!!!