Should House Speaker Paul Ryan resign over the failed health care bill?
- Author: Darren Santiago Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 1:59
The problem is a big chunk of the Republican Party is utopian progressive and many do not want to repeal large parts of Obamacare, including HHS Secretary Tom Price. "The one that he had seven years to work on".
Judge Jeanine Pirro accused the Wisconsin lawmaker of having "failed to deliver the votes on his healthcare bill, one trumpeted to repeal and replace Obamacare".
And the timing? It failed within the first 70 days of President Donald Trump's administration. And then used valuable political capital to accomplish it.
There's one thing they can do that will likely drive a stake through its heart - refuse to fund the law's cost-sharing subsidies. Based on what? Your legislative expertise? "Your relationships? What? Your drinks at the Hay Adams with your pals?" The president "thinks that Paul Ryan is a great speaker of the House". "No one expected a businessman to understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process". How would he know on what individuals he could rely? The Freedom Caucus wanted a lot more, including the scrapping popular Obamacare provisions, such as allowing children to stay on their parents' insurance until they are 26 and requiring insurers to cover pre-existing conditions, both of which Trump had promised during the campaign that he wouldn't touch.
It was just coincidence, surely, that Jeanine Pirro tore Ryan limb from limb.
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While he is angry and thirsty for revenge, he seems determined to swallow the loss in the hope of marshalling enough Republican support to pass spending Bills, a still-to-be-formed tax overhaul, and a US$1 trillion (S$1.4 trillion) infrastructure package - legislation that could attract considerable Democratic support but has the potential to split the party. This is especially true if you're a tenured veteran of the party and know what needs to be done and can not do so.
And where was your whip [Louisiana Rep.] Steve Scalise in all of this? There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can't pay for it, you don't get it. He can't show up at the blaze and say I'm not putting it out because it started when the other guy was in charge. "I think they might smile and shake his hand, and slap him on the back and eat free lunch and dinner at the White House with him but I think they got back to themselves on Capitol Hill and they got their knives out again for him and for his White House and I certainly wouldn't trust them from here on out".
"You didn't even test the waters", Pirro said. You had no consensus. Ryan is an obstacle to the kind of rapid changes Trump wants to see and must see to ensure the 2018 midterm elections go his way.
Or maybe the task was too much, not just for Paul Ryan, but for anybody at this point. He worked very, very hard. "I know the man in the White House is capable of governing", White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told NBC News. Nobody's going to be able to afford it. You let them do it. What was your agenda? "It's a victory. What happened on the House floor is a victory for the American people, for our seniors, for our people with disablilites, for our children, for veterans", she said in a press conference with fellow House Democrats on Friday.