Ryan’s Obamacare Fiasco
Another Betrayal of Grassroots Conservatives
After a stunning victory last November that produced a Republican president and majorities in the House and Senate, the GOP establishment is on the verge of throwing it all away with the phony American Health Care Act.
The backlash among grassroots conservatives has been ferocious. Once again, the voters who put Donald Trump in the White House and handed Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell their gavels have been betrayed. The entire fiasco – engineered by Speaker Paul Ryan – threatens the Trump presidency and GOP prospects for 2018 and beyond.
While Trump and congressional Republicans called for repeal of Obamacare as a mainstay of the 2016 campaign, Ryan is leading the charge to pass what is now known as Obamacare 2.0. Ryan’s American Health Care Act is a bow to special interests and donors; conservative voters are left behind.
In a letter addressed to fellow conservatives, Ken Cuccinelli, President of Senate Conservatives Action, outlines the flaws in what he calls RyanCare. He also asks conservatives to contact key members of the House and Senate and urge full repeal of Obamacare as promised.
Following is Cuccinelli’s letter and the 20 members of Congress he lists as keys to Obamacare repeal:
The new health care bill written by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been released, but it does not repeal Obamacare.
Of course, GOP leaders are calling it “repeal” in the hopes that they can trick the voters long enough to pass it. Then, when the dust settles and Americans learn the truth, it will be too late.
The truth is that RyanCare keeps Obamacare’s most expensive coverage mandates, it keeps much of Obamacare’s costly Medicaid expansion, it continues to impose penalties on people who don’t keep their coverage, and it continues to provide government subsidies using a new entitlement program.
Between the regulatory structure, the Medicaid expansion, and the subsidies, RyanCare is Obamacare 2.0.
Republicans campaigned on full repeal and they even put a clean repeal bill on President Obama’s desk in 2015. But now that the election is over and they are writing the bill they really want, they have abandoned repeal and are only making minor changes to the law.
THIS is why Americans are so upset with Washington!
The sad, but unavoidable, fact is that RyanCare will not lower costs and improve access to health coverage, but it will cause Republicans to own the disaster that follows.
Conservatives in the House and Senate know that RyanCare is fundamentally flawed and breaks the promises Republicans made to the voters, but they are going to come under intense pressure from GOP leaders to compromise their principles.
The establishment wants them to give up the chance to pass the right policies in exchange for an immediate, yet hollow victory.
Please call the House and Senate members listed below and urge them to oppose RyanCare and to insist on full repeal of Obamacare, which was passed in 2015 and promised to the voters.
Since this bill is being passed under budget reconciliation, Republicans can pass it with a simple majority in the Senate. The same repeal bill Republicans passed in 2015 can be passed now.
Encourage the lawmakers listed below to hold strong and to keep their promise to truly repeal Obamacare. While the establishment may accuse them of blocking repeal, that is a flat-out lie.
Also, remind them that they will never regret doing the right thing, but they will regret passing this bill that continues Obamacare and its failed health care policies forever. The voters gave them the ability to repeal this terrible law and now they need to deliver.
If we can get 20 to 25 Republicans in the House and 3 to 5 Republicans in Senate to hold firm, GOP leaders will be forced to scrap RyanCare and pass the repeal bill they promised.
Finally, please don’t get discouraged. The GOP establishment has always been bad on Obamacare and the grassroots have always had to force them to support repeal. That hasn’t changed. We have succeeded in keeping them committed to repeal in the past and we can do it again now.
Thank you for standing strong for freedom and for doing so much to fight for our country’s future.
Ken Cuccinelli II
(Cuccinelli asked conservatives to contact the following members of Congress and urge full repeal of Obamacare):
Jim Banks (R-Ind.)
Ted Budd (R-N.C.)
Bill Flores (R-Texas)
Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)
Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.)
Tom McClintock (R-Calif.)
Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.)
John Ratcliffe (R-Texas)
Mark Walker (R-N.C.)
Roger Williams (R-Texas)
Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)
Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
Mike Lee (R-Utah)
Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
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During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.