Rather than just admit his party wrote a terrible bill, House Speaker Paul Ryan whined about the CBO score and insisted that millions of Americans do not want healthcare.
The Republican plan to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has been a complete failure, much to the relief of over 20 million Americans who rely on the current health care law.
The Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan office that is currently headed by a Republican appointee, examined the Republican health care bill and found that it would strip health care from 22 million Americans, cause premiums to skyrocket, and leave senior citizens, women, children, and the poor unprotected.
Basically, the bill throws a large portion of the population off a cliff. The terrible CBO score is why House Republicans failed to pass their bill the first time around. They only passed it the second time around because they didn’t bother to read the bill and voted on it quickly before the CBO could score it again.
The CBO also scored the Senate Republican version of Trumpcare and the results were just as bad. So bad, in fact, that even the Senate could not pass the bill.
But Paul Ryan threw a hissy fit over the CBO score while speaking with reporters on Thursday, and actually had the gall to claim that the 22 million Americans the CBO estimated would lose healthcare coverage don’t want coverage at all.
I think that’s kind of a bogus number,” Ryan began. “What they’re basically saying is people will choose not to buy something that they don’t want to buy if they don’t have to buy it. The government’s forcing people to buy something they don’t want, and so if we stop forcing people to do something they don’t want to do, they won’t do it. … If states won’t expand Medicaid in the future, then that person who was in that state that might have gone on Medicaid won’t go on it. So I really don’t see that as a credible number.”
Here’s the video via YouTube.
Again, the CBO is a non-partisan office that has been praised by an overwhelming majority of economists for delivering accurate assessments of the impact of bills, whether they are written by Democrats or Republicans. Also, the CBO is headed by a man who was appointed by Senate president pro tempore Orrin Hatch and Paul Ryan himself.
CBO scores are vital in the legislative process. If Republicans expected the CBO to falsify scores to benefit their shitty bills, they were sorely mistaken. If Republicans want better scores, the answer is simple. Come up with better bills.
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