Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. (F, 51%) is now claiming that the health care bill he has offered is better than and that it repeals Obamacare. But the Paul Ryan I watched with his PowerPoint presentation just a few days ago talked about subsidizing people with preexisting conditions and claimed doing so would lower the cost for everyone else. Well, since “subsidizing” means using tax dollars to make it free or cheaper for those certain people, we are at the point, just with that little nugget, of government taking money from some and giving it to others.
Also called “redistribution of wealth.”
In 2012, Ryan, then-vice presidential nominee said, “Mitt Romney and I are not running to redistribute the wealth; Mitt Romney and I are running to help Americans create wealth.”
That attitude seems to be in line with capitalism and free markets, something Ryan has mentioned numerous times. In fact, many of those statements were in reference to Obamacare. So now why is he practically cheerleading for the redistribution of wealth?
Paul Ryan called Obamacare a “fiscal Frankenstein” back in 2010 when no Republicans voted for the bill. He didn’t make the argument that anything in the bill was a good thing. In fact, at a healthcare conference in 2009, Ryan claimed the following:
Government-monopolized health service contradicts everything America stands for. It conflicts with our people’s character…it conflicts with moral principles…it conflicts with market freedom…it conflicts with democracy…and it conflicts with American health care excellence that still draws patients from socialist utopias for medical treatments in this country.
Government-driven health care threatens providers in at least three ways
If government-run health care becomes law, it will prove lethal to America’s health care providers. We will be on the path to socialized medicine.
Nice speech. How does it measure up to Paul Ryan’s 2017 PowerPoint?
Let’s just make sure we cover the people who have pre-existing conditions, make sure that reinsurance or risk pools kick in for those four people in that small business that get cancer, subsidize that coverage, and what you do by doing that, is you dramatically lower and stabilize the price of insurance for everybody else. So those other 36 people in that small business have predictable prices, lower prices, that brings you more choice, more competition and lower prices for the vast, vast majority of Americans who are not in the pre-existing condition category. So directly subsidize them, through state-based risk and reinsurance pool programs that we would finance with support from the federal government to attack this problem and let health insurance stabilize.
Let’s equalize the tax treatment of healthcare, and give people the same kind of tax benefit to go by health insurance if they don’t get it from their job. And giving a person a monthly portable tax credit gives them the ability up front to go by health insurance of their choosing.
The states get to set up their own health systems, the states get to set up their own regulations, so that you can buy whatever you want to buy where you live.
Government sounds so joyful and full of benevolence now. Hey kids! We’re gonna make a bunch of promises, subsidize everyone, send billions to states, and then state governments will be in charge of healthcare using federal money!
But back in 2009, Ryan actually was worried about the staggering debt, at least in front of the folks here at this conference:
Gee I don’t know, why do the Republicans now act as though the skyrocketing national debt won’t burden the next generation? Why do the Republicans want to create an entirely new entitlement, new subsidy renamed as a tax credit, which would cause employers to drop insurance, and jack up more debt? That would certainly rival the size and liabilities of Medicare and Medicaid!
Back in 2009, Ryan often talked about America’s founding and the Constitution, primarily because of the uprising of the Tea Party. It was because of the Tea Party and affiliated conservatives that the message was loud and clear: America doesn’t want socialized medicine. Government-run, whether state or federal — or in this case, state subsidized by federal — it doesn’t matter, we’re paying for all of it anyway. Here is Ryan from 2009 trying to talk “tea-party”:
Now, Ryan is warning conservatives that this is the only way forward. He insists on full subsidies for pre-existing conditions. Tell me how much that government-run health care will cost.
And now Paul Ryan is concerned that if his bill doesn’t pass, that his party will face a bloodbath in 2018. Everything is put on the line because Paul Ryan cannot stick to his principles, and instead has bastardized all notion of the free market in this bill.
I would suggest Paul Ryan 2017 listen to Paul Ryan 2009, and remember that the people didn’t want government-run health care, and that he himself argued vociferously against it. It is a shame that he has spent all his political capital on this bill, when all he had to do is stick to principle to avoid the ire of the people.
Ryan continues to talk his way into circles to push this bill, but he and his RINO cheerleaders are only losing their morality the longer they stay in office. Sure the Tea Party and conservatives have tried to keep them honest, and at times tried to replace them, but this exercise has been repeated so many times that it is clear that the more Republican voters give the Republican Party, the more the Republican Party rejects its voters.
I’ll leave you with some more quotes from a saner Paul Ryan. I agree with each of these quotes, and they are perfect to use against the Republican version of Obamacare.
This is the time when Americans either engage this debate and tell Congress they reject government-run health care…or sit silently by while Congress forces it on them.
You know what they say: fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice – or in the current political environment – 3 or 4 times – shame on me. Will we heed this lesson?
Let’s get government health care off the table. Then we can address real reforms to bring patient-based health care back to America.
Jen Kuznicki is a contributor to Conservative Review, blue collar, wife, mom, political writer, humorist, conservative activist, a seamstress by trade, and compelled to write. Follow her on Twitter @JenKuznicki.