Healthcare

Ryan Says Healthcare Will Be Done This Year, Except Not Really

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

While Trump says an Obamacare replacement may not arrive until next year, Speaker Ryan says it will be done this year, except not really.

What Ryan said this morning sounds more like the "repeal and delay" strategy Republicans were pushing at the beginning of the year.

“I think there’s a little confusion here,” Ryan said, after being asked about Trump’s schedule for a health care bill. “The legislating is going to be done this year. We are going to be done legislating, with respect to health care and Obamacare, this year. The question is, how long does it take to implement the full replacement of Obamacare? And that’s why, honestly, we’ve got to get Tom Price over at HHS, Seema Verma confirmed at CMS, so they can get to work with replacing this collapsing law.”

This sounds more like a plan to repeal the law and worry about a replacement later, which would be a disaster, but we can't even be certain of that because no one seems to have any idea what they're going to do.

There are reporters on the hill who are regularly asked by members of Congress what the plan to replace Obamacare is because they don't know either.

Ryan says they need confirmation of Trump's nominees to move forward, but the GOP has had six fucking years to develop a detailed replacement for Obamacare and right now they don't seem to have anything concrete.

  • Badgerite

    They do have a plan to “replace” Obamacare. It is the same as before. The system will ration care by level of wealth. And only level of wealth. No human concerns need apply. That is Paul Ryan’s “kind of conservative”.

  • Christopher Foxx

    We are going to be done legislating, with respect to health care and Obamacare, this year.

    I believe him. In fact, I’m sure they’ve already done all the legislating they’re going to do on healthcare this year.

  • Scopedog
    • Christopher Foxx

      The sentiment, no. The gif…

  • muselet

    Wait. Just wait.

    And that’s why, honestly, we’ve got to get Tom Price over at HHS, Seema Verma confirmed at CMS, so they can get to work with replacing this collapsing law. (emphasis added)

    Writing law is the job of the legislative branch of government. That’s what the name actually means. Whether or not a couple of cabinet secretaries are confirmed is irrelevant.

    Also too, the Rs have had six-plus years to write their preferred replacement plan, and for most of that time, they’ve had majorities in the legislative branch. They’ve griped and complained and pissed and moaned about the ACA, and—as I say often enough for it to be my catchphrase—promised a replacement any damn’ day now, yet they never got around to actually writing a replacement.

    Why, it’s almost as if they were arguing in bad faith.

    And now the GOP is the dog that caught the proverbial and—to mix metaphors horribly—stand like deer in the proverbial, staring blankly as reality rushes toward them.

    If actual, living and breathing people weren’t going to suffer and die because of the Rs’ incompetence, I’d be investing in popcorn futures because what comes will be a can’t-look-away trainwreck as staged by The Three Stooges.

    –alopecia

  • If it’s “collapsing” and a “disaster”, why the hell do they have to do anything?!?!?!?

  • Georgie

    Political fallout is what they are worried about.

  • Aynwrong

    “…and right now they don’t seem to have anything concrete.”

    I find your use of the words “seem to” to be rather generous Mr Ashby.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Yeah. I tend to do the same thing. Using conditional words to allow for the possibility that something is not absolute, to give some benefit of the doubt. I try to catch myself when I do that because the Republicans have conclusively shown that they absolutely have no idea how to govern and absolutely no interest in helping people. And we should say so and not provide them with excuses or wiggle room.