Paul Ryan recites the hypocritic oath.
Billions of gallons of ink will be spilt over the House of Representative’s vote yesterday to repeal Obamacare and replace it with “something terrific” – if you consider “terrific” the taking away of myriad benefits so that the savings can be pasteurized and homogenized into tax cuts for top-earners. We’ll leave it to the many fuming pundits to excoriate the replacement bill, its feckless Republican supporters, and especially Trump who outright lied about rescuing America from failing Obamacare with his phantom plan to 1) deliver better care at 2) lower cost to 3) more people. (Normally when you’re O for 3, you’re out.)
There is much to hate about the Republican’s replacement known as AHCA, but among the most truly galling parts of the whole sordid episode was the rank hypocrisy exhibited by Speaker of the House and Eddie Munster doppelganger Paul Ryan. When the Democrats were busy ramming Obamacare down the throats of Americans in 2009-2010, aggrieved Paul had much to complain about the process. Although the Dems held dozens of Congressional hearings and public forums on the subject, and took more than a year from start to finish, Ryan whined that the bill was progressing too quickly and opaquely.
Ryan, in an interview in July 2009 said this about the Obamacare bill: “I don’t think we should pass bills we haven’t read and don’t know what they cost.” Of course, by the time Obamacare was voted on, people had plenty of time to learn what was in the bill and the Congressional Budget Office had published its cost analysis.
Still, Ryan of 2009 makes a valid, general point. Unlike the usual Congressional fodder consisting mainly of bills to rename post offices or establish National Toe Fungus Awareness Day, bills of the magnitude of Obamacare which affected more than 15 percent of the U.S. economy must be thoroughly debated and scored by the CBO before going to a vote.
Yesterday, the Republicans narrowly passed the week-old AHCA bill without holding a single hearing. Had they done so, they would have gotten an earful from some people who know a bit about health care, including the AMA. And the vote went ahead absent a CBO score which will come later and certainly reveal some true ugliness in terms of numbers of people who will lose coverage. This version of AHCA has to be at least as shitty as the previous bill that went down in flames in March – and that one was said to cause 24 million people to lose coverage by the middle of the next decade.
The big question: Where was Ryan’s outrage about a process that was 100 times worse than what he complained about when the Dems were making legislative sausage? Did he leave it somewhere on the Munsters 50th Anniversary Tour?
Speaking of Classic Old TV
Gotta love this Honeymooners spoof.