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WATCH LIVE: Paul Ryan Press Conference on GOP Health Insurance Bill

WATCH LIVE: Paul Ryan Press Conference on GOP Health Insurance Bill

House in recess, postponing vote on bill. Some reports indicate bill was pulled.

At the eleventh hour, the House was voted into recess, postponing the vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the first step in what is supposed to be the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

Speaker Ryan is holding a press conference.

Watch live here:

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You lay down with rino pigs, you wake up smelling like them.

The Donald won’t make this mistake again.

Ryan now has a has a target on his back. Either he’ll be gone as Rino Squeaker, or he’ll have a “Trump” logo nailed to his back.

    Ragspierre in reply to | March 24, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Der Donald OWNED this crap sandwich.

    You run backwards on a campaign promise, you eat the consequences.

    Simple as that.

      Mac45 in reply to Ragspierre. | March 24, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      Not entirely.

      Trump’s support for this bill probably damaged his credibility slightly, but I doubt that his constituency is overly concerned and the rest of America hated him anyway.

      As you noted, it was obviously a c**p sandwich. But, it was Paul Ryan’s c**p sandwich. The withdrawal of this bill hurt Ryan much, much more than it did Trump. The real political winners were the members of the Freedom caucus and the American people.

      Trump has a serious problem with his campaign promises on healthcare insurance. There is no way the he can keep his promise to provide universal insurance with comprehensive, affordable healthcare; unless he nationalizes the healthcare and/or healthcare insurance industries and makes the government the single payer.

        Ragspierre in reply to Mac45. | March 24, 2017 at 5:14 pm

        As you noted, it was obviously a c**p sandwich. But, it was Paul Ryan’s c**p sandwich.

        Pure T-rump sucking bullshit.

        T-rump OWNED this.

        You simply lie.

It’s not “some reports” saying they pulled the thing.
It’s being reported practically everywhere.

Mr. Establishment blinks.



It was a crappy bill.

Now go back and do it right.

This is a great development – better the devil we know (and an president empowered by it we trust) than the garbage Paul Boehner is pushing.

Trump has time. Anger will develop against the rats of the GOPe, which will empower Trump.

If not for the fake news reporters crowing about Trump’s primary campaign theme ( how fast they forget the four letter word ), I would be cheering this as the end of Paul Ryan.

Next battle is Gorsuch, God I hope they don’t lose that one.

How about a bill that says “The ACA is repealed” and leave it at that?

    Tom Servo in reply to gospace. | March 24, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    They’re scared of taking away coverage from people with pre-existing conditions, who were getting turned down before.

    Now me, I would bring back the old idea of either state or federally funded high-risk pools for those with pre-existing, and let everyone else have a free market. But that would cost a lot of money, and nobody wants to face up to that.

    If pre-existing conditions are gonna be covered, then somebody is gonna have to pay a lot to make it happen. Either the feds, funded through taxation, or other ratepayers. There’s no way around that.

    Although I agree that this bill was a bad bill, I think this is an area where the Freedom Caucus isn’t thinking very clearly. If they want to replace what we have (and I think they do) they have to come up with a way to realistically fund insurance for people who have pre-existing and can’t afford non-subsidized premiums. Telling them “you gonna die, too bad” ain’t gonna work.

This may work out well. Now the democrats get the blame for both the original Obamacare and scuttling the replacement. Hopefully, the GOP will revise the bill to actually help lower the costs of healthcare and insurance.

casualobserver | March 24, 2017 at 6:21 pm

The GOP may not find the 2018 election to be such a good thing. They’ve stoned on about being voted more power and control. Election after election their wishes were granted until they control Congress and the Executive. And they STILL can’t live up to their 8 year old promise with a significant House majority.

Pitiful. I am ratelyva GOP basher, but this is not a good start at all.

Ultimately, it will a victory for Trump: Congress has shown itself for the pathetic institution it has been, and that the previous Obamacare repeals have been Kabuki Theater.

It was also Trump’s retribution for Paul Ryan’s abandonment of him after the campaign video-scandal. Today was the equivalent of a vote of “no confidence”, and Ryan should step down.

Obamacare will collapse, and the the Congress will beg Trump’s blessing on a plan…some Democrats included. OR, the current plan will be amended and passed…offering Americans more tax and regulatory relief than the previous plan.

It’s rather like the Gorsuch confirmation: It will succeed….it is just the path to victory that is unknown.

Isn’t this the Paul Ryan we expected to see when he became Speaker? He would repeal Obamacare until he could actually do it. I have a message for the GOPe and the horse it rode in on.

I hope you are correct, Leslie E.

Listening to Congressman Jim Banks of IN today, he was saying it wasn’t just the Freedom Caucus who killed this, it was also several of the GOP moderates and liberal republicans who were claiming this went to far for their liking.