“We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future” were the words of Paul Ryan that Chris Wallace used in the opening of his segment with Rep Jim Jordan. Wallace takes the opportunity to beat the issue of “not getting a bill passed” as if just passing a piece of paper was the desired accomplishment, regardless of what was written on it. Of course, if they had passed a damaging and useless bill then Wallace would have been all over him for not upholding their values and betraying the trust of the voter. He’s not the most objective of critics.
Jordan points out in the early going that only 17% of country approved the bill. “Maybe,” he says, “the fact that we opposed it, we did the country a favor because this bill didn’t repeal Obamacare. This bill didn’t do what we told the American people we were going to do. So let’s be responsible, let’s get back to work and do what we told the American people we were going to accomplish, which was repeal Obamacare and replace it with a patient-centered health care program.
Jordan reminded Wallace that for the next three years, under Ryancare, health care premiums would have continued to rise, and then there was projected to be a small decline, with a net position that was still much higher than present premium levels that people already cannot afford.
He says the goals posts were moved “When they didn’t start with the legislation we all voted for fifteen months ago.” At that time the Republican “showmen” could vote for a plan secure in the knowledge that the boogeyman, Obama, would veto it. Now if they vote for something that the insurance companies and others they really serve doesn’t approve of, there will be consequences. Better to start with something that has a high chance of failure and also postpones any real changes until stage three, after Hell freezes over.
Wallace accuses Jordan and the Freedom Caucus of cutting the legs out from under President Trump and Paul Ryan on their first legislative initiative. He reminds the interviewer, “This is about the American people and what we told them we were going to do. There is no way this legislation was consistent with what the American people sent us here to accomplish, No way it was consistent with what we told them we were going to do, and that’s why you saw members oppose it and that’s why the Freedom Caucus opposed it in large part, because of that simple fact.
Wallace paints Jordan and his colleagues as obstructionists, which he deftly dismisses, saying, “Chris, this is real simple. Do it the way we told the American people. This bill didn’t do that. So let’s do tax reform, like we told the American people we were going to. Let’s make sure we actually secure the border, build the wall, like we told the American people we were going to. We make this job way too complicated. Do what we told the American people we were going to do.”
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