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#RINOcare = Repeal in Name Only
Incredible. Absolutely astonishing.
After years and years of full, clean repeals, years of campaign promises and no past mention of “repeal and replace” in campaign literature, Paul Ryan somehow thinks we’re all going to buy into the snake oil he’s peddling. This is exactly what they promised, he claims. This is precisely what we all voted for, according to Ryan and his leadership looters.
No, it isn’t. Not even close. It’s not even in the same universe.
In this post we’re not going to dive into the nitty gritty details. Those are out there and you all know what they mean. Here’s we’re going to expose Ryan’s misdirections and lies for exactly what they are.
We’re going to look at the following:
- Repeal & Replace
- Repeal Only Can’t Pass
- 3 Phased Approach
REPEAL AND REPLACE
The first lie is exposed directly in the very beginning of the legislation Ryan proposed early last week. You don’t have to be a policy wonk or legal mind to read it for exactly what it is.
Last word there. Amended.
This is not a repeal bill. It’s an amendment of the Affordable Healthcare Act. That isn’t my word. It isn’t a word I use because I don’t like the bill. It’s a word the authors put in because the bill is, in fact, an amendment of Obamacare.
So any Congressman or Senator who references this legislation as a repeal is flat out lying. This is no repeal and no matter how brilliantly they twist words the fact remains. There is no repeal.
REPEAL ONLY CAN’T PASS
This too is a lie. Repeal only absolutely can pass the Senate because it can be done with a simple majority.
This can be done through a budget resolution using reconciliation. In such a process bills cannot be filibustered. Meaning, Republicans would only need 50 votes plus Pence to fully repeal Obamacare.
Of course, Republicans would then need to use the two year phase out time to work on a replacement bill, but that is the way it should work if they truly intend to keep to their promise of full repeal.
Which leads me to the next point.
3 PHASE APPROACH
This is possibly one of the worst lies of them all. Paul Ryan and the rest of his ilk in Washington claim Americans can be fully relieved of the pains of Obamacare in the third phase of what they’re up to. We simply need to trust them on this amendment that does virtually nothing to address the problems. Then a repeal comes through the budget process and we’re supposed to believe 60 Senators will pass a bill we all like.
Here’s the problem. And it exposes the lie out front.
Ryan claims that if a clean repeal is passed now then a proper replacement won’t be able to be passed because Democrats in the Senate will filibuster anything that isn’t remotely close to Obamacare. A replacement that would require 60 votes.
But, you see, that exact same hurdle exists in phase 3 of his current plan. It’s delusional to accept that Dems won’t play ball on a stand alone replacement following a clean repeal but they will magically vote to pass a bill with everything we want now if we just pass RINOcare first.
Ryan knows full well that if RINOcare passes now, the real repeal and replace we all want and need will never see the light of day in a suggested phase 3.
It. Will. Not. Happen.
He knows it won’t happen. And he knows that he’ll then be able to blame Democrats and pivot to the campaign lie that hey… we can’t do it with our current majority so we need voters to give us 60 Republicans in the Senate and then we can get this done.
Where have we heard that before?
Ryan can repeal Obamacare right now. He needs a simple majority. He needs the votes that already voted for a clean repeal that Obama wouldn’t sign. The votes are there, have been there for years and are on record as being there.
A full, clean repeal can pass. As it should. And then traditional debate can begin on a replacement bill. The ball will then be in the court of Democrats and Republicans will be the referees. Will Democrats sit on their hands and refuse to play? Perhaps. But that will be on them. If they don’t want to get behind a replacement bill that is their problem, not ours.
The fact that Ryan won’t push for what should be the obvious solutions leads us to believe there is something more nefarious at work here. His campaign donors, to be specific.
Because it’s not a matter of whether or not it’s possible. It’s a matter of whether or not he wants it to happen.
Last but not least is a little pet peeve of mine. We all have come to expect Democrats to twist words, giving them ludicrous meaning and redefining them all together. But we’re in a new dawn when Republicans deploy the same dirty tactics.
Access means you can access, right?
When you log into your checking account, you access your balance. When you unlock your front door you can access the interior of your home. When you walk into any pharmacy in America you can “access” birth control.
I’m sick of hearing Republicans claim government is needed to ensure Americans have access to health insurance. In a free-market insurance system there isn’t a single American who is prohibited from accessing healthcare.
If we accept that because someone can’t afford healthcare that they do not have access to it, we can make the same argument that someone who doesn’t want to work doesn’t have access to money.
I heard not one but THREE Republicans over the weekend, on national media, claiming they must work to ensure access to healthcare.
Umm… what? We need government to ensure we have access to something that, thanks to government many people do not currently have access to?
Seriously, there are now counties in America that will soon not have a single healthcare plan available thanks to Obamacare. Meaning, government literally removed the ability to access healthcare.
Before government got its filthy fingers in the middle of it all every American did have access to healthcare. The idea that government is needed to guarantee access is hogwash.
What they really mean is that government needs to ensure that other people have access to your money so they can purchase healthcare plans without earning it on their own. Now whether or not government should have that role is another debate. But let’s not pretend this is something it isn’t.
Republicans are slowly but surely becoming Democrats. Same legislation. Same lies. Same tactics. Same plays on words.
Americans were already under the impression we have a single party system that utilizes two party organizations. But if Ryan is successful in shoving through this betrayal, that unity will be sealed forever. A done deal.
Don’t believe the lies, folks.
This RINOcare amendment is nasty. It does nothing to repeal Obamacare and if it passes, we’re stuck with government healthcare that will collapse under its own weight and there will be nothing anyone can do about it.
And we all know what that will lead to with no alternative in the matter.
We know this and they know it. And if they pass this we have to assume this is the outcome they ultimately plan for.