Paul Ryan and Team Seem Confused on Whether Ryan has an Obamacare ‘Replacement’ Plan

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–January 5, 2017

By Joan McCarter


Is there a better way? Ryan seems to be baffled.

House Speaker Paul Ryan apparently hasn’t been talking to his majority leader, Kevin McCarthy. Because they don’t seem to be on the same page on the biggest issue the House is facing right now—repealing Obamacare and figuring out what to do to replace it. Bloomberg’s Sahil Kapur caught this disconnect in which Ryan says Republicans are “extremely clear” in a replacement plan. Here’s what he told Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday:

People have already seen what our replace it. Go to if you want to take a look at our replace. […] So we already know what we’re replacing with. We’ve been extremely clear with what replace looks like.

Apparently, no one but Ryan has read the Ryan plan. Because here’s his number two guy in the House, McCarthy:

At Tuesday’s session, McCarthy said repeatedly that Republicans hadn’t yet decided what to do about Obamacare. “We’re being sworn in today,” he pleaded.What are some possible alternatives?

“No decision has been made yet. There’s nothing right out there.”

Would the GOP alternative cover as many as Obamacare?

“There’s a lot of areas that you want to look at.”

The Trump team apparently hasn’t read it either. Because his guy in the House, Rep. Chris Collins, said Wednesday that they “don’t have a plan today.”

But here’s what’s really rich. Ryan himself, on Wednesday, said they have “plenty of ideas” and will reveal them in the months ahead. Did Paul Ryan forget the big Paul Ryan plan he released before the election, when he was trying to distract the public from the Dumpster fire that was their presidential candidate and will soon be their actual president?

The idea that Republicans would just pretend to repeal Obamacare and just rename it Trumpcare or Ryancare or Freedomcare is seeming less and less far-fetched by the day.


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