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Paul Ryan is Working Against Republicans with Ads on Healthcare

(CitizensOutpost) In an apparent hard sell of the newly proposed American Healthcare Act, a GOP leadership-connected organization is positioning itself against republican members in congress:

“A group with close ties to House Republican leaders, including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), is airing a half-million dollars’ worth of television ads in more than two dozen media markets urging unruly conservatives to support GOP health-care legislation,” the Washington Post’s Mike DeBonis reported on Thursday.

Particularly, the group American Action Network—a group the Post notes is “affiliated with” Ryan’s Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC—“is targeting 30 members it says are part of the House Freedom Caucus,” DeBonis writes.

Unfortunately some of the claims in the ads are misleading in its comparison between Obamacare and the new legislature:

“The Republicans’ American Health Care Act versus Obamacare,” a narrator says in the Ryan-connected ads. “Obamacare is full of job-destroying mandates. The new plan eliminates them. Obamacare put bureaucrats in control. The Republican plan puts patients and doctors in charge. Obamacare stuck families with soaring premiums. The new plan provides more choices and lower costs.”

The new health care proposal does not eliminate the individual mandate which forced all Americans to buy a health insurance plan even if they desired not to, which would incur a tax penalty.  Paul Ryan’s new plan would still force all Americans to buy healthcare, but instead of the federal government receiving the tax penalty from citizens, it would go directly to the insurance companies.

View an example ad here:

House republicans are lamenting over Ryan’s use of resources and funds which could be better served to compete against the Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections:

“This is the beginning of his downfall,” one House Republican, who wished not to be named, told Breitbart News of Ryan’s decision to open fire on his own conference with television ads. The member noted that it was about two years ago exactly that Boehner did the same thing, and his days were numbered after that.

It remains to be seen how much division will ensue from negotiating health care reform, but already there is internal turmoil within the Republican party in uniting to progress the President’s wishes in repealing and replacing Obamacare.  Some of the notable internal opposition comes from the House Freedom Caucus and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) who has gone on the record to expose Paul Ryan’s house bill and to promote a clean repeal:

I don’t think it makes any sense and I think he’s trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the president. I think when I’ve spoken with president Trump, I think he agrees with me that we should repeal and replace but I don’t think he’s stuck on that they have to be in the same bill necessarily. Paul Ryan, I think, is selling it to the White House and telling the White House, ‘Oh, it’s a piece of cake, it’s a done deal.’ And I don’t think that’s an accurate depiction of things. I think from the very beginning combining repeal and replace in one bill makes it very hard because we have different ideas on replace. We are pretty much united on repeal, but we have different ideas on replace. If the House leadership had come forward and talked to conservatives beforehand, I think they would have found out there is a lot of disagreement and they would have just passed what we already passed—what everybody voted for—and we also have a debate on the same day on a variety of replacement strategies. We still could do that. And I think if the House Freedom Caucus and the Senate conservatives stay together, I still think that that’s one possible outcome. It would be better for all of us if we separated it out with clean repeal and had replacement as a separate bill.




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