Lou Dobbs has a few thoughts “on Speaker Ryan’s so-called RINOcare,” noting that, ‘Speaker Ryan today decided to lecture on the leadership plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, complete with his half-hour long PowerPoint presentation urging the GOP to support his plan.”
Ryan said, “This is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare. The time is here, the time is now, this is the moment and this is the closest this will ever happen [sic]. It really comes down to a binary choice.”
Dobbs chuckles at that statement, saying, “A binary choice, uh, his way – the highway, in or you’re out. The Speaker blaming what he called growing pains for opposition to the plan. Yet for all of Ryan’s claims of a binary choice, the legislation resembles, fairly said, Obamacare-lite. The individual mandate still exists under a different name, a late enrollment penalty and money going instead to insurance companies rather than the government.
“Anyone who tries to get insurance after going without coverage for more than 63 days,” notes Dobbs, “required to pay a 30% surcharge on top of their annual premiums – yes, to the insurance companies.” Subsidies remain under the plan, albeit under a different name, refundable tax credits based on age and income. As for the Medicaid extension, the Republican Study Committee calls for freezing enrollment by 2018.”
Dobbs says that “31 states and Washington, DC adopted the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, sixteen run by Republican governors, more than eleven million people got Medicaid under the expansion and some folks called that Obamacare. As a result, the expansion states receiving $79 billion in federal funding while the states were putting in $5 billion for Medicaid expansion. A smart deal if it went no further than that for those state that decided to extend.
Yet Republican leaders now want to wait until 2020 to freeze the Medicaid extension expansion, which has some worried that it will never, ever happen, that Hell will freeze over before its frozen out in an election year.”
“I believe,” adds Dobbs, “it’s time for the Republican leaders to honestly and forthrightly listen to their members and the American people and do what they promised, they said they would do, what President Trump promised. Repeal and replace Obamacare fully, honestly, openly and transparently.”
This is a familiar tactic used by both John Boehner and Mitchell McConnell as well as Ryan and others frequently in the past. RINOs promised to fight amnesty in the same manner, holding DHS funding as a possible hostage to a battle that made no sense at the time as they funded every Obama program. If it weren’t for Judge Hanen, it would have been all over. They’re laying out fake battles to provide the illusion of a tough battle and that we got everything we could hope for. They then pledge a future fight that somehow never comes. Ryan, we can’t forget, is the guy who caved completely to the Obama budget demands for 2016, without any pretext of a battle. Leopards don’t change their spots, neither do snakes.
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