I Used to Like Paul Ryan. Here’s What Happened.
The speaker of the house can’t submit to every Republican. Can he?
Today was a huge day for the Trump Administration. For them, in fact, it was a good day. A good day is rare for the Trump Administration, and yet, even they can pull one off. They also picked the right good day to have. This good day could lead to a thread of good days for them, which means it’s another bad day for Democrats.
Well, more than just Democrats.
The Trump Administration has done exactly what they seemed to plan. Fight everyone, make no friends, and make Paul Ryan bow down. Paul Ryan, for seven years, has kept pushing this repeal of Obamacare. The funny (not funny) thing is, he used to sound smart. He used to make extremely valid points, and propose extremely good ideas for the new bill. And now that the GOP has a supermajority, he wants to give that all away…for the Trump Administration?
Moderate Republicans like myself used to consider Paul Ryan our example. And, I would blame Paul Ryan’s submission to Donald Trump on the Trump Administration, but I can’t. I can’t bring myself to do so. Truth be told, it’s not Donald Trump’s fault. It’s not Steve Bannon’s fault, it’s not anyone in the Administration’s fault. It’s Paul Ryan’s. Which can only lead to one conclusion: Paul Ryan is not who I though he was.
Paul Ryan is a climber. He is the one trying to get to the top of the hierarchy. Of course, the Trump Administration is too blind to realize this, but Paul Ryan will come for them. He will come for them just like he came for Hillary Clinton; to thoroughly end her. Paul Ryan is not a politician who can improve America first. He has to improve his own ranking, before he can even think about America. That’s disgusting.
Who knows? Maybe I’m completely wrong. Maybe in two years, or in one week, Paul Ryan will go back to condemning Donald Trump. Paul Ryan knows what he’s doing. He’s doing something so much worse than we know.
Paul Ryan, to the GOP house and senate, is still that likable, strong, and reasonable Republican. He’s still the perfect American politician to them. How silly of them. Tom MacArthur is the leader of the Tuesday Group. The Tuesday Group is a group of around 50 Republicans who consider themselves to be “centrist” or moderate. Yet, MacArthur seemed extremely engaged in talks with the new Obamacare repeal. That’s not moderate. Why? Simply put, the AHCA is not a moderate bill.
Not everyone wins.
Charlie Dent realized this. Charlie Dent, a Republican from Pennsylvania, voted against the AHCA. According to Lehigh Valley Live, Dent said the bill “will increase health insurance costs particularly for low-to-moderate income Americans, increase the number of uninsured by as much as 24 million people, and undermine important protections for those living with pre-existing conditions.”
He’s exactly right. More than a dozen other Republicans voted against the bill, too, so there’s always a bright spot.
It’s just not Paul Ryan.
The AHCA is not a perfect bill. In reality, the only winners are young, healthy, and rich people. It will leave millions uninsured, and so many of those people need it. Donald Trump won, I guess. In truth, this bill still has to pass the senate floor. It could. Republicans like Trump and Ryan couldn’t even work something out on both sides of the aisle. It was always repeal, then replace. Could it have not been sustain, then improve? I know one thing for certain: the Paul Ryan I thought I knew would’ve never stood for this.
New Jersey representative Bill Pascrell Jr. put the AHCA and the Republicans in good perspective for everybody else: “After seven years, you came up with this?”
I’m disappointed in Paul Ryan, sure. But I’m so much more disappointed in my party.